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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

Category: Commuting
January 2, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Microsofties run, bus to work

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JIM BATES / THE SEATTLE TIMES

David Treadwell runs and catches the bus across the 520 bridge on his exercise commute between home on Queen Anne and work in Redmond.

David Treadwell, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Live Platform Services, covers up to 12 miles of the distance between his Seattle home and company headquarters in Redmond on foot. He takes the bus for the balance of the commute — typically the span of the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge. This unusual run-bus commute is featured in a profile today by Seattle Times reporter Richard Seven.

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July 24, 2008 at 3:05 PM

FAM: Robotic receptionists coming to Microsoft buildings

As my colleague Brier Dudley noted, Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie just described spatial interaction with computers as a major new frontier in computing.

He also showed progress Microsoft has made in robotics and natural user interfaces such as speech and facial recognition. He gave one demonstration of how Microsoft is putting these big ideas in practice.

Microsoft is working on “robotic receptionists” for its buildings that will perform one of the most common but mundane tasks that the real receptionists do dozens of times a day: scheduling shuttles, Mundie said.

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July 23, 2008 at 2:50 PM

$3.25 toll to cross 520 as soon as 2010? Make your Connector reservations

Driving to work could get significantly more expensive for Microsofties and others heading from Seattle to Redmond, or vice versa. A new state study released today lays out four options for tolling to raise some of the cost of replacing the Highway 520 floating bridge. Afternoon peak tolls could range from $2.95 to $3.25 starting 2010. Morning peak tolls would be $2.15 to $2.60.

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April 15, 2008 at 2:33 PM

‘Running of the programmers’ on 520?

This interesting report in The Economist on how mobility is changing urban and suburban landscapes pulled some solid examples from our region. One brought to my attention is a description of the afternoon clog on Highway 520. An urban movement researcher focusing on how traffic patterns are evolving discussed in his 2006 book “a ‘reverse commute’ in Seattle [in which] lots of male computer scientists at Microsoft in the suburb of Redmond raced downtown to find females—a weekday ritual called ‘the running of the programmers.’ ”

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