Microsoft in the Mirror

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Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch
Jul. 31, 2005 10:28 AM

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A couple of weeks ago when I was down in Redmond getting a taste of some upcoming technologies and how they're going to help Microsoft take over the world (heh!) I happened to pick up a book at a local magazine store. The book turned out to be a real gem indeed.

It's called Microsoft in the Mirror and contains the personal reflections of about two-dozen ex-Microsoft employees bracketed by the story of editor Karin Carter, who was also an employee at Microsoft. The stories paint a broad picture of what it was like working at Microsoft at jobs ranging from programmer to secretary. Some of the writers look back on Microsoft as the best time in their lives; others hated it. But all of them were deeply affected by their experience working there and grew as individuals in different ways.

Microsoft in the Mirror is a terrific read and is both entertaining and illuminating--I couldn't put it down, and neither could my wife (who is definitely *not* a programmer). The book is available directly from the publisher Pennington Books for US$14.95 or you can order it from Amazon if you prefer.

Mitch Tulloch is the author of Windows 2000 Administration in a Nutshell, Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell, and Windows Server Hacks.

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