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  • Microsoft outside the US

    ZippyV said:
    fatfrank said:

    And which dev centre is creating the localized versions?

    Ireland localizes for all the European languages

  • Microsoft outside the US

    ZippyV said:

    Or speech recognition in Windows and Office.


    Microsoft doesn't spend any money on development or marketing in Europe.

    A lot of MSFT's dev teams are outside the US - EPDC (Ireland), Beijing, and India. there's quite a few thousand dev headcount in those centers.

  • MS in France

    blowdart said:
    ZippyV said:

    And China. And a little in Ireland.

    A bit more than "a little" in Ireland. It's the biggest Microsoft dev facility outside of Redmond.

  • MS in France

    ZippyV said:
    pierreleclercq said:

    Development happens in Redmond and India.

    Also in Dublin (localisation) and Copenhagen (Dynamics).

  • photostory team...wake up

    what windows 7 build are you using? works fine for me

  • Developer Interview Questions

    blowdart wrote:
    Minh wrote:

    That question is designed to show how superior the intervierER is to the lowly interviewEE

    The ability to determine another person's destiny is a powerful drug! Don't OD on it, blowdart

    Ah it's a good excuse that when you don't get a job isn't it? But frankly is a load of bull.

    Do you think I want to spend 3 hours travelling to and from the office to go through what is a painful process interviewing someone just to show off? No. When interviewing you'll find that most people want the interviewee to pass, they're looking for someone to fill a position, there is a need for another body.

    What they're not looking for is someone *wrong* to fill it.

    Minh has a very valid point.

    The question is a classical "halo effect" one, where the interviewer is looking to impose their perceived superiority on the candidate. Whilst this can go badly wrong in a number of ways, fundamentally it doesn't really assess the candidate ability for the job and just wastes everyone's time.

    Where you really see it in reality is interviews where the interviewer talks most of the time. If the candidate isn't talking for at least 75% of the session then the interviewer is not doing their job right. This is where a lot of tech interviews fall down - deeply technical people are fundamentally not good at probing people's competencies. Instead they cover up their lack of social skills by talking about their comfort zone.

    I've been interviewing for quite some time, and my conclusion is that focusing on pure tech in an interview is pretty pointless. You can always teach someone technology if they have the ability and the intent. Teaching someone common sense, interpersonal awareness, collaborative teamworking, and a positive work ethic is impossible though. So the latter is what you really need to focus on as an interviewer. And there's no specific question for that - it's not binary (which again is why deep techies are not ideal personalities for recruitment).

  • And this year's 'smug hypocrisy' award goes to  ....

    creditcard wrote:
    Bas wrote:
    I wonder what the Mac icon on Windows could look like. A turtleneck and beret? A hand with only an index finger?

    Does Windows support NFS yet?

    it has done for over 10 years...

  • Microsoft Certs, are the books any good?

    W3bbo wrote:
    dahat wrote:
    Take a look at the 70-300 requirements page and read in horror and see that they aren't talking about variable names... but processes and standards.

    Ugh, sounds more soul-draining than GCSE ICT coursework.

    I wonder how many Microsoft employees had Microsoft's own certification/qualifications before they got hired.

    Well in customer facing technical roles such as pre-sales, support and consulting, certification is something that recruiters definitely look for. It's not necessarily about the certification detail itself, it is more of a marker that you have a certain skills baseline AND are prepared to take the initiative to formally prove it.

    If you're hired in one of those roles in Microsoft and you're not certified to MCSE/MCSD/MCDBA level (accreditation type dependant on role obviously) then you have 12 months to do so.

  • England's Tech Industry?

    leeappdalecom wrote:
    Ireland is pretty simuilar to england except the wages and cost of living are a bit lower.

    too generalistic - the salaries in the north of Ireland are pretty much the same as the north of England, as is the cost of living.

    Salaries in Dublin are generally a little bit lower than the south of England, but the cost of living is a bit higher.

    The job market is pretty good for permies but there's less of a contract ethos compared to England.

  • Exchange Your Career

    W3bbo wrote:
    blowdart wrote:
    W3bbo wrote:
    FNGs at Microsoft get a corridor office with no windows or natural light. And according to the Internets, you'll be on ~$60,000

    Perfect for you then. Apply; and beat them until they support multiple domains and catch all addresses easily.

    • And "Notes" in Outlook Web Access.
    • Removing "DoPostBack" from Outlook Mobile Access and make it all Request Resource-based
    • Making Outlook Web Access Lite not suck when it comes to compliance with the W3C specs
      • "To the spirit" too, so let's ditch the non-datatables, mmm'key?

    Notes are in OWA, at least they are on my 2007 mailbox.

    As for the other points - who cares, really. No, really. There are 100's of millions of Exchange users, pretty of much all of whom just want to send email and receive it.