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February 2, 2015 at 9:39 AM

Microsoft hires Adobe designer Michael Gough

Microsoft has hired Adobe executive Michael Gough to lead design efforts for its Web-based version of Office and other products.

As Adobe’s vice president of experience design, Gough worked on the design of the company’s digital pen and ruler for touchscreen devices, among other projects. Before joining Adobe in 2005, he was a vice president of brand design at Nike, chief creative officer at Quokka Sports, and founder of Construct Internet Design.


Comments | More in Coming and going | Topics: adobe, michael gough, microsoft

November 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Longtime Microsoft HR chief Lisa Brummel to leave at year-end

Lisa Brummel, who has led Microsoft human resources for nearly a decade, will step down at the end of the year.

Lisa Brummel (Photo: Microsoft)

Lisa Brummel (Photo: Microsoft)

Brummel, a 25-year veteran of the company and part-owner of the Seattle Storm, joined Microsoft in 1989 after earning a master’s in business administration from UCLA. She has held a variety of roles in management and marketing in Microsoft’s hardware, consumer and productivity businesses, and has led human resources since 2005.


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April 13, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Witness the resurrection of the Microsoft Pri0 blog; what do you want to see here?

Happy day-after Easter. Witness the resurrection of the Microsoft blog. Our former Microsoft reporter Benjamin J. Romano departed The Seattle Times two weeks ago for another opportunity, and I will be blogging to you from here on out. I’ve been reporting for The Seattle Times for more than a decade, and I’ve covered everything from the…


Comments | More in Coming and going, Microsoft, Mobile, Wii, Windows, Wireless & telecom

March 9, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Microsoft adds board member, declares 13 cent per share quarterly dividend

MariaKlaweWebBio.jpgMicrosoft announced this afternoon that Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College and a Ph.D, mathematician and computer scientist, is the 10th member of the company’s board of directors. The board also declared a quarterly dividend of 13 cents per share, up from 11 cents in the fiscal third quarter of 2008.

(Image via Harvey Mudd.)


Comments | More in Coming and going, Corporate organization, Financial

March 2, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Who is Phil Palios, organizer of the Microsoft contract worker protest?


Phil Palios holds a hastily made sign while protesting a 10 percent rate cut for Microsoft temporary workers. The Redmond native who has always wanted to work at Microsoft organized a protest Monday night that drew about two dozen temporary workers.

Phil Palios grew up in Redmond watching Microsoft grow. It’s where he always wanted to work. He was glad to have the opportunity to get a foot in the door as a contractor. But he became disillusioned with the size of the company today and the way it treats its workers, particularly those who are hired through third-party employment agencies. When his employer, Volt, passed on the news Friday that all contractors would have to take a 10 percent pay cut — for him it would mean going from $34.25 an hour to about $30.83 — Palios had had enough.

“I had no intention of accepting a 10 percent pay cut,” Palios said in an interview Monday afternoon at Victor’s Coffee in downtown Redmond, before attending a rare, albeit small, labor protest at Microsoft that evening. “So I viewed it as, I am not going to accept this pay cut. They might let me go sooner. I might get black-listed or something, but I wanted to at least act and make my voice heard and try to unite the workers and have them realize that if they form an alliance — it doesn’t have to be a union, if they just work together — they can have a lot more power and open up communication channels with the company.”


Comments | More in Coming and going, Compensation, Microsoft layoffs, Personalities

February 10, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Microsoft’s new communications head is Simon Sproule, formerly of Nissan

sproule.jpg Simon Sproule begins March 2 as corporate vice president of corporate communications for Microsoft, filling a role that has been vacant since Larry Cohen left the company last year to become Bill Gates’ chief of staff, the company announced this afternoon. Sproule, 40, will report to Mich Matthews, senior vice president of the Central Marketing Group at Microsoft.


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February 6, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Microsoft digital ad shop Razorfish lays off 70 in Seattle, Portland, SF and LA

Razorfish, the digital advertising agency that Microsoft gained when it acquired aQuantive in 2007, is going through another round of layoffs. A spokeswoman confirmed that the company laid off about 70 people on Thursday on the West Coast, including its Seattle headquarters and offices in Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Comments | More in Advertising, Coming and going, Microsoft layoffs, Razorfish, Tech Economy

February 3, 2009 at 5:29 AM

Report: IBM offering to relocate laid off workers to India, China, Brazil

InformationWeek, citing an internal document, reports that IBM is helping recently laid off workers find positions with the company overseas. From the document:

“IBM has established Project Match to help you locate potential job opportunities in growth markets where your skills are in demand. Should you accept a position in one of these countries, IBM offers financial assistance to offset moving costs, provides immigration support, such as visa assistance, and other support to help ease the transition of an international move.”


Comments | More in China, Coming and going, Compensation, Employee benefits, India, Public policy & issues, Tech Economy

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