Life At Microsoft - The Truth Revealed

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People often stop me in the streets to ask "Hey Tina, what's life "really" like at Microsoft?  Sometimes I can't even walk outside my house without somebody standing there with a giant neon sign that blinks "What is life "really" like at Microsoft"?  Instead of answering every individual separately and so you can save your money on those neon signs.  I decided to create a video that would answer that simple yet complex question.  I want to throw out a special high-five to the following because without them and a lot of beer this video never would have happened. 

Duncan Mackenzie, Erik Porter, Mike Sampson, Scott Davis, Grant BlahaErath, Dan Fernandez, Max Zuckerman, Adam Kinney, The Dalai Lama and Britney Spears

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      wetworker

      lol ...

      Great vid, nice to see that you guys have sense of humor.

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      wetworker

      lol ...

      Great vid, nice to see that you guys have sense of humor.

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      Human​Compiler

      @wetworker

      I don't.  I really wanted to kill Adam (with a Nerf gun) for Googling it.  jk  Smiley

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      Erik Porter

      @wetworker

      I don't.  I really wanted to kill Adam (with a Nerf gun) for Googling it.  jk  Smiley

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      wetworker

      That was one of the best part.

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      wetworker

      That was one of the best part.

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      Matthew Mushall

      Hilarious and brilliant!  I particularly enjoyed Al at security, the keyboarding face-off with Duncan, and Xbox tech support with Adam. Naturally, however, the best part of the video is you.  


      Two things I'd like to nit pick for no good reason:

      Isn't it about time you got a new publicity photo...the old G4 airbrush doesn't do you justice.
      What would you do with the whole solar system? It's just a lot of empty space. Smiley

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      Matthew Mushall

      Hilarious and brilliant!  I particularly enjoyed Al at security, the keyboarding face-off with Duncan, and Xbox tech support with Adam. Naturally, however, the best part of the video is you.  


      Two things I'd like to nit pick for no good reason:

      Isn't it about time you got a new publicity photo...the old G4 airbrush doesn't do you justice.
      What would you do with the whole solar system? It's just a lot of empty space. Smiley

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      Googleman81

      reality is so... scary. 0.o

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      Googleman81

      reality is so... scary. 0.o

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      EJR49

      Excellent! Very Funny!

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      EJR49

      Excellent! Very Funny!

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      Nikita Polyakov

      Awesome production.

      This is like those CES and Daily Show produced MS promo videos.

      Thumbs up!!!

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      Nikita Polyakov

      Awesome production.

      This is like those CES and Daily Show produced MS promo videos.

      Thumbs up!!!

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      AdamKinney

      Congrats to Tina on the writing and Finley on the editing!  Certainly made us look like something worth watching Smiley

      Nice job to all of the actors as well especially the three Nerf hitmen.

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      Musicgrinder

      Wow.. all my assumptions about MicroSerfs where true.. and arrogance reigns supreme.

      Betcha this get's deleted (and yes, I used Firefox to post it damnit!)

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      Musicgrinder

      Wow.. all my assumptions about MicroSerfs where true.. and arrogance reigns supreme.

      Betcha this get's deleted (and yes, I used Firefox to post it damnit!)

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      Duncanma
      @Musicgrinder ... I would have thought you'd like us making fun of ourselves... (and I'm replying to your post in Firefox, for what it's worth)
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      Rory Blyth

      I don't miss working for Microsoft. I don't miss Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue, the surrounding areas, the crappy restaurants in the surrounding areas, the traffic, the cold Seattle attitude, the money, the company credit card (OK - I kind of miss that), and I may find the Windows Live Writer installation process to be intolerable, but I really do miss the few of you I liked who worked in offices along several hallways on one side of one floor of one building where there was a little pocket of goodness among the big, scary Microsoft chaos.


      I don't know what I would have done without you people.


      Worked, probably.


      Tina Whatever-your-last-name-really-is - you're a frikkin' genius.

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      Rory Blyth

      I don't miss working for Microsoft. I don't miss Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue, the surrounding areas, the crappy restaurants in the surrounding areas, the traffic, the cold Seattle attitude, the money, the company credit card (OK - I kind of miss that), and I may find the Windows Live Writer installation process to be intolerable, but I really do miss the few of you I liked who worked in offices along several hallways on one side of one floor of one building where there was a little pocket of goodness among the big, scary Microsoft chaos.


      I don't know what I would have done without you people.


      Worked, probably.


      Tina Whatever-your-last-name-really-is - you're a frikkin' genius.

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      Human​Compiler

      @Rory Blyth

      We hate where you live!  But miss you too.  Smiley

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      Erik Porter

      @Rory Blyth

      We hate where you live!  But miss you too.  Smiley

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      Duncanma
      @Rory Blyth ... yay! Rory watched our video!

      Interestingly enough, during the filming of this piece I distinctly remember the quote "Where's Rory when we need him!" Smiley Your witty banter would have added much to the experience. Even if you were just sitting in the lounge mocking us as we did the approximately 12 takes it took to get the "I'll google it" scene done!
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      nic

      Whoa, whoa, whoa,.. Scripts? Takes? Writing? Editing? Are you saying,.. that this was,... was,.. STAGED!???

      zOMFG!!!

      Also I'd like to see a continuation - "The Adventures of Zuck: the Duffel Bag" Smiley

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      Rory Blyth

      @Erik


      "We hate where you live!  But miss you too.  Smiley"

      I hate where you hate where I live from!

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      Rory Blyth

      @Erik


      "We hate where you live!  But miss you too.  Smiley"

      I hate where you hate where I live from!

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      Rory Blyth

      @Duncan


      "Interestingly enough, during the filming of this piece I distinctly remember the quote 'Where's Rory when we need him!' Smiley Your witty banter would have added much to the experience."

      It's interesting that you say that - I don't think there's much I could've added, and I thought as much while watching the video. It's hard to watch something your old team did without wondering what it would have been like had you taken part in it, and my wondering went nowhere. Everything about the video is superb. No Rory needed.

      Honestly, the thing made me a tad jealous Smiley

      I wish I could write like that .

      "Even if you were just sitting in the lounge mocking us as we did the approximately 12 takes it took to get the 'I'll google it' scene done!"

      The "I'll google it" bit may have been my favorite part. I watched it a few times over.

      Adam's expression as he turns to look back is perfect, as is the slow-mo effect.

      I could go on, but my (really heavy duty) sleep meds are kicking in.

      I'll end by saying that I'm impressed as all get-out.

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      Rory Blyth

      @Duncan


      "Interestingly enough, during the filming of this piece I distinctly remember the quote 'Where's Rory when we need him!' Smiley Your witty banter would have added much to the experience."

      It's interesting that you say that - I don't think there's much I could've added, and I thought as much while watching the video. It's hard to watch something your old team did without wondering what it would have been like had you taken part in it, and my wondering went nowhere. Everything about the video is superb. No Rory needed.

      Honestly, the thing made me a tad jealous Smiley

      I wish I could write like that .

      "Even if you were just sitting in the lounge mocking us as we did the approximately 12 takes it took to get the 'I'll google it' scene done!"

      The "I'll google it" bit may have been my favorite part. I watched it a few times over.

      Adam's expression as he turns to look back is perfect, as is the slow-mo effect.

      I could go on, but my (really heavy duty) sleep meds are kicking in.

      I'll end by saying that I'm impressed as all get-out.

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      Ian Muir

      Very good, almost as good as  Bill's last day at work.

      I'm a little dissappionted though, I thought Adam really was a Jedi.

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      Ian Muir

      Very good, almost as good as  Bill's last day at work.

      I'm a little dissappionted though, I thought Adam really was a Jedi.

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      Koogle

      oh that is funny.. good work on the video Smiley

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      Koogle

      oh that is funny.. good work on the video Smiley

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      Tobin Titus

      Nice vid. It wouldn't be as funny if it wasn't so true Wink

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      Tobin Titus

      Nice vid. It wouldn't be as funny if it wasn't so true Wink

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      Spinfusor

      Best Channel 10 video ever! :o)

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      Spinfusor

      Best Channel 10 video ever! :o)

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      Mark Wisecarver

      Excellent!

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      Mark Wisecarver

      Excellent!

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      Ariel M Stallings

      HA! Hilarious. Don't tase me, bro!

    • User profile image
      Ariel M Stallings

      HA! Hilarious. Don't tase me, bro!

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      russnem

      I love where your heads were at with this video. I've worked there and had some of the best and happiest times in my career.


      However...

      Your opening statement about Microsoft...

      "The most brilliant, talented company in the world."

      That was the funniest part of the whole thing!!!!!!

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      russnem

      I love where your heads were at with this video. I've worked there and had some of the best and happiest times in my career.


      However...

      Your opening statement about Microsoft...

      "The most brilliant, talented company in the world."

      That was the funniest part of the whole thing!!!!!!

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      snoobic

      Great post.  I really wish there were more videos like this.

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      snoobic

      Great post.  I really wish there were more videos like this.

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      Peter Csaszar-Cs.

      Excellent! I show it to my students Smiley

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      Peter Csaszar-Cs.

      Excellent! I show it to my students Smiley

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      Dengin

      Not enough Laura, but amusing nonetheless.

    • User profile image
      Dengin

      Not enough Laura, but amusing nonetheless.

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      Casey Cannon

      Funniest thing I've seen all day. Which, I've only been up for and hour.

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      Casey Cannon

      Funniest thing I've seen all day. Which, I've only been up for and hour.

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      scratchex

      LOL autographed pic. nice.

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      scratchex

      LOL autographed pic. nice.

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      LarryLarsen
      Actually, it seemed a little watered down from the truth. Usually when Duncan does a code-off he dips the backs of his hands in hot glue and broken glass.
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      warzone

      Great video!

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      warzone

      Great video!

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      LouFerr

      Leave out the self-worship sexism crap. The rest was refreshing.

       

       

       

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      LouFerr

      Leave out the self-worship sexism crap. The rest was refreshing.

       

       

       

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      snort

      Well, at least you got eight decent posts before it turned into another rediculous open source vs. the Evil Empire discussion. I guess some people just didn't get breast fed.  If the open source community would just take over the world already and get over themselves maybe we could move on with life.

      I thought the video was funny, regardless of my affiliations.

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      snort

      Well, at least you got eight decent posts before it turned into another rediculous open source vs. the Evil Empire discussion. I guess some people just didn't get breast fed.  If the open source community would just take over the world already and get over themselves maybe we could move on with life.

      I thought the video was funny, regardless of my affiliations.

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      TonyLee

      Authored on a Mac? Isn't that a garage band riff 1 minute into the video?

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      TonyLee

      Authored on a Mac? Isn't that a garage band riff 1 minute into the video?

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      That was fantastic! Great job! Everything was done really well.

      I hope you guys make more videos, like this.

      Tina, you are certainly a kick-* writer (and I want one of those G4 autographs =)

       

       

       

      P.S.Google roxx!

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      That was fantastic! Great job! Everything was done really well.

      I hope you guys make more videos, like this.

      Tina, you are certainly a kick-* writer (and I want one of those G4 autographs =)

       

       

       

      P.S.Google roxx!

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      Chris Allen

      Great job on this one guys! Every office needs Nerf guns and Jedi's...

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      Chris Allen

      Great job on this one guys! Every office needs Nerf guns and Jedi's...

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      Gilberto Lopez

      Very nice Video, is really refreshing that someone can have a laugh at himself. But I would like to see you participate more Tina. Surely you could do it on a second part.

      PS: I want one of those G4 autographs =)

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      Gilberto Lopez

      Very nice Video, is really refreshing that someone can have a laugh at himself. But I would like to see you participate more Tina. Surely you could do it on a second part.

      PS: I want one of those G4 autographs =)

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      Thiago Carvalho Freitas

      Good!

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      Thiago Carvalho Freitas

      Good!

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