Posted by joeabbott on December 12, 2012
I don’t write much about my employer in this blog as a usual practice; I’m neither embarrassed nor shy … this is my home blog: a place about chickens and cats and building things and video games and the small doings of my life. There are other places to talk shop.
And yet, there are times I need to break down that artificial wall and talk a bit about Microsoft.
I’ve worked at Microsoft in a large number of roles over the many years I’ve always considered myself blessed. Yes, even in the current environment I work long hours, stay in touch during non-work hours, and consider weekends and evenings chances to catch up or get ahead on a project or two. And even then I believe the benefits are in my favor. Microsoft gives great benefits (wages as well as health insurance), I can work on really cool things that help shape peoples’ lives, and the work environment is exceptional. And now, as Microsoft transitions into a “devices and services” company, another bounty has rained upon me: a Surface.
On October 16 of this year, at the Microsoft Company Meeting, Steve Ballmer announced employees would be receiving one of our latest products: the Surface. Which, for those of you still brushing dirt from your trousers after having crawled out from under a rock, the Surface is a PC running Windows RT in a tablet form factor (read: iPad compete product). In rare departure from previous pitch-perfect form, the delivery of these devices was a bit ham-handedly handled: no one knew when they were coming (just “in December”) or how we’d get them. But, today, I got a mail informing me to signup for a delivery time and I could pick mine up from a nearby building.
Very exciting. Very fun. And thank you very much, Microsoft.