Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Visiting Microsoft, continued...

After leaving 'The Commons' on the Microsoft Campus,

we explore the Microsoft Museum.
Here we enter the lobby under a large globe screen.

This globe screen would be wonderful for a large event or conference.

Images can be seen from all sides.

Screens have come a long way!

The founders of Microsoft.

Look at how young Bill Gates looks! (bottom left)
Microsoft was founded on April 4th, 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen (lower right).

Can you see Gabe? - he thinks he is funny :)

I'll bet they never expected Microsoft would one day be
 one of the most valuable companies in the world.

This is one of the reminders of how far the world has come, thanks to Microsoft.

Do any of you remember these?
The first mobile phone!
I'm not too sure how 'mobile' it was, though!

Remember the Dewey Decimal System? No longer, thanks to Microsoft.
Although it makes me a little nostalgic...

The museum had examples of all the devices Microsoft has developed.

In June 2012, Microsoft entered the personal computer production market for the 1st time, with the launch of the Microsoft Surface, a line of tablet computers that Gabe helped develop.

Let's follow Gabe as we check out his office.

Here he is where he spends his days.
He just moved into this office and still has wires and boxes lying around.

Need a good book to read?

 A reminder hanging on the wall.

Products he helped develop.

Patents in his name used for development.

Patents Pending.....

All of this intensity requires plenty of diversion.

Ping Pong tables, gymnasiums,
and stretching out in the many lounges inside and out,
is encouraged for short breaks.

Or shop in the grocery store right in your building!

Creativity and intensive sessions at the computer require a zen-like atmosphere.

Convenience is conducive to keeping zen.

Like every building, this one has its own food court with several types of food offerings.

Of course the coffee machines in the break room are computerized, too! Latte' anyone?

Father and Son help themselves.

As we leave the Microsoft Campus
 and head into the city for a birthday celebration with the rest of the family,
 I reflect on this moment in time.

As a parent, you never know what the future holds.

So much goes into the process of raising a family,

and each child and circumstance is different.

The most we can ask is that our children are happy.

To see that light from within when they speak of their life -

now that is pure happiness for me.

That is the most important thing.

It's all we, as parents can ask for.

If you have a young person in your life who is interested in computers,
Microsoft is a wonderful place to work.

To plan a career at Microsoft, you will need a Computer Science degree or equivalent experience.


"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."

Forest E. Witcraft - American Scholar, Teacher, and Scout Leader - 1894-1967


  1. Congratulations! You are very luchy thanks God you have a great family and they are ok. Hugs


  2. Thank you Karen for taking us to a virtual tour of Microsoft Museum and meeting your genius son. What a great place to work at, and they do look after their people, don't they? Yes that old mobile phone didn't look that mobile.

    Hope you have a good week.

  3. truly awesome. you have so much to be proud of in him.

  4. How wonderful for you to be able to share so much of your son's life. And all so interesting in it's own right. Our children really can open up worlds to us! And so nice to get a good word from you about my little shop!

  5. Yes, remember those first Mobile phones my husband had one and later received the first flip cell phone too from work... this tour would be awesome to take what a day for you -- with your handsome son as your tour guide...Oh and your sweetheart near by is also handsome you are blessed. Could you image having that huge globe screen - tons of fun seeing your self showcased on that globe...grocery store oh my inside your work building - how awesome is that - saving ones time I would think...
    Yes indeed -- as parents we often wonder and pray and hope our children will have a future that can offer them a livelihood for their own well-being and for their future family...

  6. So neat! That old photo of Bill Gates is crazy! He does look so young. Sounds like your son has a very successful career with Microsoft. You must be so proud! It's amazing that he is part of creating such wonderful products.

  7. Wonderful post Karen... I have really enjoyed my tour around this amazing company...WOW... Beautiful pics & your lovely son looks so happy to be spending time with Mum & Dad...Your son is so creative... he must get that from his special Mum... Hugs May x x x

  8. Karen, thanks for the tour. It's a great place to work. It is so important to like ones job and have a nice place of work. It makes those Monday mornings after a great weekend so much easier to face ;-).

  9. Will you do me a favor, Karen? Will you give Gabe a heartfelt thank-you from this die-hard Windows aficionado? I am one of those rare people who owns not a single Apple product. I LOVE Windows, especially the new Windows 8!! <3

  10. You can tell Gabe I'm another non-Apple consumer (though I like the fruit!). What an interesting tour. It does remind me of a college campus - the convenience is designed to facilitate creativity, thinking and great focus. It's nice to see something behind the brand that I use every day.

    I also really liked what you say about our hopes for our children. I often think that many of the jobs of the future generation haven't yet been invented or maybe even dreamed of!

    Great posts.


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