Microspotting: Inside the Microsoft Archives

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A morning ritual for Microsoft employees is reading MSW on our corporate intranet. This is where we see news, events, campus maps, and other information that we use every day at Microsoft. One of the features of MSW is a video series called Microspotting. Even though these are targeted toward employees, we thought you would enjoy them here on Channel 9 as well. - Larry 

Long-time company archivist Amy Stevenson takes us behind the scenes of the Microsoft Archives, a collection of artifacts that preserve our history and embody our culture. There, you'll find decades worth of Microsoft software, advertisements, documentation, memorabilia - and skulls? You'll just have to watch to understand.  

Fun facts about the Microsoft Archives

  • Founded: 1989
  • Number of items in collection: 65,000
  • Scariest artifact: A life-like Bill Gates doll (wearing a jogging suit), sent by a Russian doll artist. 
  • Amy's favorite: The carpet receipt from the first Albuquerque office. 



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