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Sep 27, 2018

Microsoft Teams meeting add-in spurs move away from Skype for Business inside Microsoft

Microsoft employees use Microsoft Teams every day, but most don’t live in it. Yet. Company employees have used the collaboration tool to work together on projects, coauthoring, and for having conversations since the product debuted two years ago, but many—because they use Microsoft Outlook to set up their meetings—jump out of it and into Skype...

Constantin Mihai stands in a well lit open space at the top of the stairs in a Microsoft building. He's looking at the camera with one hand on the stair rail.

Aug 29, 2018

The curious tale of a software architect amid the turmoil of transformation

Surviving all the ways the software architect’s role has changed over the last 18 years comes down to two things for Constantin Mihai—staying curious and keeping the door to his childhood propped open just a bit. “I have always had a profound respect for Microsoft as the most relevant software company in the world, a...

Jay Clem talks with a colleague in front of a chalk board. He is the leader of Core Services Engineering and Operations' Human Resource team.

Aug 16, 2018

Microsoft HR leader: IT pivotal to driving culture change

It’s no secret we’re living in a time of transformation. The digital era is creating work environments and styles like we’ve never seen before—everything is moving faster than ever. To stay current and competitive, organizations of all types and sizes have to flex to meet the needs of their employee base in terms of when,...

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Jul 19, 2018

Electric duo tapping the power of blockchain inside of Microsoft

The curiosity and frustration of Jagannathan Venkatesan and Rohit Amberker played a key role in Microsoft recently announcing that it will be using blockchain to manage the royalty lifecycle of video game payments. Venkatesan, who works in Microsoft Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO), and Amberker, who works in Microsoft Finance, are the key players...

Jun 26, 2018

Brain-friendly employee feedback turning the tide at Microsoft

As much as we might say we’re open to feedback from our peers, human nature can make it hard to have an open mind when it comes our way—it can feel too much like a threat. In fact, neuroscience shows our brain reacts to the term “feedback” in a way that often shuts down our...

Jun 13, 2018

Meet the service engineer who can’t help but run toward fire

Cory Delamarter runs toward flames. He can’t help himself—he must be where the action is. He’ll help put the fire out, but really, he’s trying to figure out better ways to extinguish the flames. At Microsoft, Delamarter helps the company become better at responding to fires. “The pragmatist waits until the exact moment you have...

May 10, 2018

When barbed wire, ammo cans, and dirt get you to Microsoft

Britney O’Dell came to Microsoft sprinkled with a fine layer of dirt. Call it grit. It first blew over her in the deserts of southern Arizona, where she could have easily lost her way as the lone person who believed she could climb out of her no-exit town. She collected more when, on her first...

Apr 25, 2018

Microsoft moves its Human Resources employee portal to SharePoint Online

Microsoft has migrated its internal Human Resources portal to the cloud, a key step in its ongoing companywide digital transformation. Called HRweb, the portal is the second busiest at Microsoft, and represents the last major internal employee portal to move to the cloud. The migration has transformed the experience the company’s employees have when they...

Mar 14, 2018

New hire empowers Microsoft to ‘do right’ by visa-dependent employees

Often foreign workers struggle to keep up with the many legal steps they must take to keep their work visas up to date, creating a simmering worry that never seems to go away. When Jessica Lee was offered the chance to ease that stress, the IT engineering program manager in Microsoft Core Services Engineering and...

Feb 20, 2018

Hello Azure: unpacking how Microsoft moved its SAP workload to the cloud

Microsoft is heavily invested in SAP applications—it uses them extensively to run finance, human resources, global trade, supply chain, and other parts of its $89.5 billion global business. Doubling down on that investment, the company just finished moving its entire SAP landscape—an estimated 50 terabytes—to Microsoft Azure. The last, most important systems moved over the...

Jan 18, 2018

Solving a human resources puzzle with Dynamics 365

When the market doesn’t offer the tool you need, build it yourself. That’s the way Jay Clem views the world. He leads the Microsoft Human Resources IT team, and his team just helped the Dynamics 365 product team build a new feature that Microsoft Human Resources needed and will soon use. “We have a really...

Dec 11, 2017

The anatomy of shutting down a datacenter

The humming servers fizzled to stillness, the odor of warm, always-on circuits wafted away for the last time, and a datacenter was turned off for good. Effectively, it died. Marked by little fanfare, the end of an area came when Microsoft Core Services Engineering (CSE, formerly Microsoft IT) turned off its first datacenter in 2013....

Dec 6, 2017

Solving an onboarding dilemma at Microsoft with PowerApps

Your first day at Microsoft is supposed to inspire you to change the world. At headquarters in Redmond and at the company’s handful of large United States and international offices, new employees are warmly welcomed via New Employee Orientation (NEO), a day-long experience that greets them on their first day. The story unfolds differently at...