Sahil Garg poses for a picture outside of a Microsoft building.

Apr 25, 2019

How one Microsoft leader sparked an engineering team’s transformation

When Sahil Garg set out to overhaul how Microsoft delivers procurement and payment solutions to employees and external suppliers, he had to do one important thing first—he had to get the people onboard. He needed the software engineers to work differently, to say “yes” and take a risk. He needed the support of his leadership...

Pouneh Kaufman speaks to the team that led the upgrade to Microsoft Teams across Microsoft. Kaufman is standing in front of a Surface screen. The team sits on chairs and benches on either side of the Surface. Four team members have joined the meeting via Teams and are showing on the Surface screen.

Mar 19, 2019

Microsoft completes its massive upgrade to Microsoft Teams

Like many of the company’s customers, it was time for Microsoft to move from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. And today, after four months of in-the-trenches work, Microsoft is announcing that its internal migration of 180,000 employees and vendors from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams is complete. The company is now using Teams...

CSEO’s Matt Hempey, Jaimie Faccone, and Stacie Kartes chat in a meeting room as Paris Lockhart joins them online via a large screen on the wall.

Mar 12, 2019

Click join: Internal meetings get a boost with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft employees have long asked for the company’s internal meetings to work better. They’re getting their wish, thanks to Microsoft Teams and the company’s meeting room solution, Microsoft Teams Rooms. Teams and Teams Rooms are addressing longstanding pain points that get in the way of starting a meeting quickly. This new meeting experience has been...

All posts by Lukas Velush

Mar 1, 2019

Chasing the sun with live event capabilities in Microsoft 365

How do you connect people across 48 countries for a global team meeting? Nathalie D’Hers’ team is one of the most far-flung at Microsoft—the 500-plus people in her organization are scattered across the globe, with at least one employee working in nearly every major Microsoft office. “With an organization so geographically distributed, it’s hard to...

Feb 19, 2019

Microsoft Teams keeps employees connected during epic snow event  

For Microsoft, the best part of the epic snowstorms that hammered its headquarters for nine straight days is that the collaboration technology that employees used to work from home was as seamless as if they were still in the office. While the 50,000 employees who live in Redmond, Washington were blocked in by roughly two feet of snow that fell from February 4th-12th, the Microsoft Teams platform they used to work from home didn’t flinch despite taking on a much heavier...

Feb 14, 2019

Rethinking how Microsoft employees get to work

The goal at Microsoft is ambitious—to get most company employees to stop driving to work by themselves. “Our vision is that by 2023, fewer than one in two employees travelling to Microsoft will drive alone,” says Elisabeth Kaczmarek, a senior logistics manager for Microsoft Real Estate and Facilities (RE&F). “We want to make it easier...

Feb 6, 2019

Opening the door to a new first impression at Microsoft

You learn a lot about someone when you pass through their front door. Microsoft is no different. The company is retooling the experience visitors have when they walk into Microsoft’s many front doors—the company has more than 770 buildings around the world, including more than 100 at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. “Each building has...

Jan 31, 2019

Finding the right match: Why Microsoft launched a skills library

Often, what you’re looking for is right under your nose. Microsoft and other companies commonly find it challenging to assess the skills of their employees. The reason? The language people use to talk about professional skills varies widely (what one person calls content creation might be referred to as editorial planning by another). This can...

Dec 5, 2018

The key to rolling out Microsoft Teams on home turf: Good governance

Across Microsoft, employees are being moved to Microsoft Teams for all communications. One of the most important elements to ensuring the success of this companywide transition has been the governance framework that comes with Office 365. Microsoft Teams is now the collaboration platform for the company’s 220,000 employees and vendors. With a full set of...

Nov 8, 2018

Microsoft starts move from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams today

Today, Microsoft started moving its 220,000 employees and vendors to Microsoft Teams-only mode for all communications and collaboration needs, including calling, instant messaging, and meetings. The move signifies the company’s upgrade to Teams, permanently replacing Skype for Business inside Microsoft. “It’s the end of an era, but it’s also the beginning of a wave of...

Oct 23, 2018

New Microsoft smart buildings showcase Azure Digital Twins

A smart building complex that had its grand opening today at Microsoft showcases the company’s new Azure Digital Twins service. Microsoft has been aggressively building, deploying, and testing smart building technology on its own buildings for years. It has been progressively getting better and better at using sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) technology to...

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...

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...

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,...

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...