MS Earnings Article

Good, but frustrating article from Barron’s about Microsoft performance over the last 10 years.  At least now, after blowing out our earnings some people (who have been very quite lately) are coming out of the woodwork to point out the disconect between our performance and stock price.

June 2000 revenues: 23 Billion

Current revenues: 63 Billion

In the last 10 years we grew and entire google (revenue this year estimated at 22 billion).  In those 10 years our stock declined 22%.

http://online.barrons.com/article/SB50001424053111903697804575574282769682858.html?mod=BOLFeed

Shipping Office 2010

I’m behind on posting something about the biggest thing happening this last week.  We shipped Office 2010!  More than 3 years of work, pain and fun building a new, amazing version of the most popular piece of software in the world.  We had our ship party a week ago.  A day of craziness with a big party spanning multiple soccer fields and buildings.  Photo below is me spraying champagne on Tyler (held by Arnab) from my team after (as you can see) they got me pretty good.  A great time and relief to finally be done.  The feature my team built (there were many) that is getting the most praise is for Word and PowerPoint.  It’s simple – since people wrote documents or created presentations, only one person could work on them at a time.  You did your part, then had to hand the document off to someone else for their part and on and on and on.  A fun video shows it well.  No longer, problems solved, fixed, done.

Well now on to the next version of Office and a new team and a new challenge…and in a few years another ship party.

10 Years

Last week was my 10 year aniversary at Microsoft.  Can’t believe 10 years has gone by.  In that time I have shipped:

  • Windows 2000 Datacenter
  • Windows XP
  • Windows XP Service Pack 1 & 2 (these were like full Windows releases in themselves)
  • Windows 2003 Server
  • Windows 2003 Server R2
  • Windows Vista

And shortly – Office 2010

Here is the 10 year award that Microsoft gives out.  I was presented it in front of an all-hands meeting of our division.  I told a few funny stories of my first few years at Microsoft. 

Office Documentary

Me getting interviewed for a documentary on the making of Office 2010.  Fun to do, they also followed me around work for a little bit getting a ‘day in the life’.  If you look closely they filmed it with Red cameras – these super cool, new hi-def digital video systems that are all the rage now.

Should be out sometime in February.