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May 15, 2007 at 1:29 PM

Microsoft Town Hall meeting

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and other executives held a scheduled Town Hall meeting with employees today. For a look at some of the expectations going into the chat, see this post on Mini-Microsoft.

I’m at WinHEC in Los Angeles and got a bit of insight on what the execs had to say from Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos back in Seattle.

According to Gellos, the Town Hall was “ho-hum” and included “nothing major.” Some vague specifics:

— Ballmer talked about the business and the recent quarterly earnings report.

— CFO Chris Liddell also talked about earnings and the ongoing campus expansion, including the timing of the Bellevue leases.

— Human resources head Lisa Brummel said new Starbucks coffee machines in buildings on campus are among the most popular new perks the company recently added. The grocery service, another new perk, is being discontinued because it’s not being used. The improvements were first announced at a similar meeting last year.

— Brummel also explained a change in how stock awards will be presented to employees. “When you get them, they’re going to say this is how much money worth of stock you’re getting as opposed to saying this is how many shares,” Gellos said. “It doesn’t change how many they’re going to get, or anything like that, just how it’s communicated on that first day.”

I’ll be checking back at the Mini-Microsoft site for reaction to the meeting from someone who was actually there.

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