Update 1:25 p.m.: I just spoke to Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos by phone and he said ,yes, the picnic has been called off. The company will not hold its annual summer picnic near North Bend this year. As the company’s local headcount grew to 41,000 people, the picnic went from a one-day affair to one spread…More
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From today’s paper, a profile of Kirill Tatarinov, corporate vice president in charge of Microsoft Business Solutions:
Even with somewhere north of $1 billion in annual sales, Microsoft Business Solutions is dwarfed by the enormous Office business that it shares space with in the company’s quarterly reports.
But Kirill Tatarinov, the group’s leader since July 2007, said MBS brings more to the broader Microsoft than revenue from its Dynamics-branded systems, which manage a company’s customer relationships, suppliers, inventory and other business basics.
It provides a “proof point to business decision makers” using the whole set of Microsoft server technologies, Tatarinov said. The Dynamics products “take advantage of all the innovation that’s happening” on Windows Server, Visual Studio, Office and other major products Microsoft sells to businesses.More
After asking 25 laid-off Microsoft employees to return an overpayment of severance benefits, Microsoft’s top human resources executive decided to let them keep the money. Calling it a “unique circumstance,” Lisa Brummel, senior vice president of human resources, said the employees will not have to repay the overpayment, which ranged from a…More
First mentioned last week in Mini-Microsoft’s “pause” post, Microsoft is apparently rethinking the weeklong study sessions instituted by Bill Gates and later expanded to be a tool for percolating ideas up to the top from throughout the company. Mini wrote, “Within our leadership, there’s no one left who wants to read your Think Week paper, so they’re killing that off.”Mary Jo Foley followed up today, quoting a Microsoft spokesperson saying the company remains committed to innovation, and it is “evaluating how best to evolve Think Week.”More
KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES
Seattle Times reporter Charles E. Brown covered a candlelight vigil at Microsoft on Friday for victims of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
On a grassy sports field on Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, more than 200 company workers, many of them expressing close ties to India, gathered to end the workweek in remembrance.
From the outset, Sandeep Singh, a Microsoft senior finance manager who, as a younger man, served his homeland as an Indian navy officer and National Defence Academy instructor, set the tone. The purpose of the gathering, he told the group, was to show solidarity against last week’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, where more than 170 people lost their lives and many more were injured.More
Here’s a story from today’s paper with more reaction to the news this week that Microsoft has filled a strategically critical leadership role:
Chinese Americans at Microsoft and in the community cheered the appointment of Qi Lu as president of the company’s Online Services Group, noting the significance of his arrival at the highest ranks of the company.
“When people look at their own career potential in a company, they always look at if there is someone like them in the senior leadership team,” said Weina Wang, chairwoman of Chinese Microsoft Employees (CHIME), the largest company-sponsored diversity group, with 2,500 members. “And I think Lu’s joining Microsoft is definitely a huge encouragement, from a career-development perspective, for all the Chinese and Asian employees.”More
Catch “The Simpsons” last night? If not, enjoy this opening sequence in which the Springfield Mall gets a “Mapple” store and Bart steals the show from Steve Mobs (telling a crowd in the Mapple store, “I have made a fortune off of you chumps and I’ve invested it all in Microsoft!” Gasp) among other…More
Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times
Ten months into his job as president of Microsoft’s $19 billion business division, Stephen Elop has come to some conclusions about his new employer. It is a tenacious company, relentlessly self-critical and full of people who believe their jobs can make a major impact on the world. He expanded on those ideas in front of a Seattle audience this morning.More
Working Mother magazine named Microsoft to its 100 Best Companies list for 2008, citing 20 weeks of job-guaranteed time off for new parents (by birth or
adoption), among other family-friendly benefits. It was the sixth appearance on the list for the Redmond company.
The magazine notes that among the companies on its list, more than half increased benefits, despite the economic downturn.
Update, 5:05 p.m.: A Microsoft spokeswoman noted that Working Mother had a few things a bit wrong about the company’s benefits. Here’s the correct info: “Microsoft offers 20 weeks of job-guaranteed time off for new parents only. [Also] birth mothers receive 8 weeks maternity leave, and 12 weeks parental leave (20 job-guaranteed weeks off), and fathers and adoptive parents receive 12 job-guaranteed weeks off.”More
Following up on yesterday’s report from Microsoft’s company meeting, during which CEO Steve Ballmer shared his views on the company’s mobile strategy, here are some other tidbits gleaned from folks in attendance:More