This week I'm spending time at Microsoft campus getting a heads-up on the future direction of ASP.NET. This is exciting to me for so many reasons, and I've long envisaged coming here for myself to see:- The Microsoft Machine!
There are many quirks that immediately hit you in the face when you arrive here and it's not difficult to perceive that this is an environment in which conversation and the ability to think creatively (and the ability to drink latte), flow freely. For starters employees here are given free-reign over the interior decoration of their offices, imagine this: each employee is housed within the same 10"x8", white, building block, from there random selections of the following items are applied liberally:
- Oversized birthing ball
- Bar fridge
- 6 stack CD|DVD player
- 'Hip' artwork
- Other misc. custom furniture
- wind chimes
- mirror ball
The first office that I visited looked somewhat like a forest as it had floor to ceiling plants inside it.
The refreshing thing for me (so far) is that the employees that I've met seem just as fascinated by what we're doing with their products as they are with the new ones that are being built. Good one guys!!