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    I came in as a contractor.  I tried to make it clear that they wanted me permanently, and they did.

    I tried getting internships, applying through Monster, applying through the site, and never even got a single call back. 

    Be persistant, but not spammy.  Continue learning technologies that Microsoft wants people to know, but don't over-focus on it.  Having solid coding, debugging, and communication skills will qualify you for a lot of jobs at MS.  I don't (and won't) have a deep understanding of COM and I'm doing quite well as a dev.  Having a deep understanding will help you get a specific job that requires it.

    It helps to know someone at MS who can say positive things about your work.