Mar 29, 2021   |   Josh Krenz

Internal search bookmarks boost productivity at Microsoft

Editor’s note: We’ve republished this blog with a new companion video. Search is part of our everyday life. It’s useful—we all know that—but how can you quantify that impact? That was the challenge faced by Dodd Willingham, senior program manager and internal search administrator in Microsoft Digital. “There’s an obvious value, we can see that...

Dec 16, 2020   |   Kiera Sholty

Best of Inside Track: How Microsoft embraced working remotely internally in 2020

When it became clear that employees would need to shift to working from home because of COVID-19, Microsoft pivoted quickly, taking steps to make sure the transition would be smooth for its 166,000 employees. The team leading the charge was Microsoft Digital, the engineering organization at Microsoft that builds and manages the products, processes, and...

Nov 19, 2020   |   Cody Bay

How an internal consulting service is helping Microsoft transform from the inside out

Microsoft’s Mike Borth doesn’t mind looking for things, but he thinks there might be better uses of his time. Borth oversees a global team supporting field marketing operations. It’s his responsibility as a business and operations manager to look after the budget, supplier relationships, and other operational aspects of the Microsoft Field Marketing team in...

Sep 30, 2020   |   Aleenah Ansari

Lessons Microsoft learned from applying Zero Trust during COVID-19

The world, and ways employees work, have been forever changed by COVID-19. Thanks to Microsoft cloud technologies like Microsoft Teams, Azure Active Directory, and Microsoft’s modern security approach, Zero Trust, employees no longer need to physically be in the office to be productive. The power of the cloud already opened the doors for us to...

Sep 2, 2020   |   Aleenah Ansari

Managing speaking engagements at Microsoft with the Microsoft Power Platform

What do customers and internal teams want to learn when it comes to Cloud + AI at Microsoft? In a word, everything. “Cloud + AI at Microsoft encompasses everything from cloud infrastructure and developer tools to business applications and Microsoft HoloLens,” says Tahira Al-Faham, a business manager in Microsoft Cloud + AI who manages speaking...

Jun 3, 2020   |   Aleenah Ansari

Using Yammer to improve the employee workplace experience at Microsoft

Gina Dyer is passionate about all things “workplace” at Microsoft, which encompasses everything from workspace design and building construction to employee services like dining, transportation, events, and catering. “We’re constantly evolving—and I wanted a way to demonstrate that we’re responsive and transparent with our decisions regarding employee services,” says Dyer, a programs director on the...

Apr 29, 2020   |   Aleenah Ansari

Using a Zero Trust strategy to secure Microsoft’s network during remote work

Microsoft’s cloud-first strategy enables most Microsoft employees to directly access applications and services via the internet, but remote workers still use the company’s virtual private network (VPN) to access some corporate resources and applications when they’re outside of the office. This became increasingly apparent when Microsoft prepared for its employees to work remotely in response...