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Microsoft Insider: 2 Days On Redmond Campus

Ever wonder what life is like in Redmond? Here's what I saw during a two-day experience on Microsoft's massive campus.
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Microsoft's research department has been exploring new technologies for about 24 years, with the goal of 'catching' accidental discoveries.
Peter Lee, corporate vice president of technology and research at Microsoft, has an interesting approach to discovering and building innovative products and services: 'Bet on the person, not the idea,' he said, noting that unplanned outcomes are the most important results of research.
Hiring top talent is a key part of his strategy, but difficult to put into practice. Lee explained there are three components to his recruiting pitch. Microsoft Research employees control the publicity of their work and accept the consequences that come with their decisions. They join objective-oriented groups to work on technologies that most interest them, and they benefit from a stronger commitment to research that Satya Nadella has supported during his time as CEO.
Rather than celebrate the launch of new products, the research team is changing to instead reward impact. This is another result of Nadella's influence, Lee explained. The CEO favors projects with a greater effect on users over those that make it to market in a shorter timeframe.

Microsoft Research

Microsoft's research department has been exploring new technologies for about 24 years, with the goal of "catching" accidental discoveries.

Peter Lee, corporate vice president of technology and research at Microsoft, has an interesting approach to discovering and building innovative products and services: "Bet on the person, not the idea," he said, noting that unplanned outcomes are the most important results of research.

Hiring top talent is a key part of his strategy, but difficult to put into practice. Lee explained there are three components to his recruiting pitch. Microsoft Research employees control the publicity of their work and accept the consequences that come with their decisions. They join objective-oriented groups to work on technologies that most interest them, and they benefit from a stronger commitment to research that Satya Nadella has supported during his time as CEO.

Rather than celebrate the launch of new products, the research team is changing to instead reward impact. This is another result of Nadella's influence, Lee explained. The CEO favors projects with a greater effect on users over those that make it to market in a shorter timeframe.

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PedroGonzales
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10/4/2015 | 3:29:58 PM
Re: "Bet on the person, not the idea"
I really like the Garage departments as Microsoft. People have the ability to develop their own ideas and put it in some application.  In additon of having the right people but also provide with the right tools to work and collaborate, Microsoft will be able to succeed in the future, not just as a technology giant but as a developer of innovation
mak63
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9/3/2015 | 11:27:15 PM
Cybersecurity
I'm sure it was a wonderful experience. Kinda envy you a little.
Anyway, did I understand correctly the cybersecurity issue? There are 135 people to handle 450 million calls per day from infected devices. What kind of calls are they? How does the center handle these calls?
Li Tan
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9/3/2015 | 11:17:59 AM
"Bet on the person, not the idea"
I do agree on this phrase. Furthermore, I share the same opinion here - the key factor is the person. It's extremly difficult to find and hire the top talent. But it's worth the cost in recruiting - one top talent is more productive than 100 average engineers.
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