Tag: microsoft

Bill Gates in Gorilla suit

Bill Gates’ Billions Blocking Him From Enlightenment

Last week, Bill Gates called on political leaders to accelerate innovation. “But innovation starts with government support for the research labs and universities working on new insights,” he said. “The public sector’s investments unlock the private sector’s ingenuity.” His goals are admirable: sustainable...

/ October 13, 2016
microsoft id card circa 1991

25 Years Ago Today I Started at Microsoft and…

On June 3, 1991, I began my career at Microsoft. Today is also the one year anniversary of my brain surgery. Both have provided incredible experiences yet only one left me permanently scarred. For the first four years at Microsoft,...

/ June 3, 2016
microsoft cumulative revenue

Microsoft Revenue Quietly Surpasses $1 Trillion

Microsoft recently surpassed $1 trillion in cumulative revenues. Similarly, Amazon's earned more than a half trillion. Yet, Washington State still can't afford to pay for education, transportation, police and other vital services and resources.

/ May 8, 2016
microsoft boeing tax break

Forget Boeing, Microsoft’s Tax Break Costs $776 Million

On Tuesday, The Seattle Times’ columnist Danny Westneat expressed shock that Boeing’s tax breaks cost the state $304 million last year. He failed to mention that the legislature’s actions in 2010 allowed Microsoft to save $776 million in taxes this...

/ May 5, 2016

Corporations

Corporations that I’ve covered: Amazon: ‘Amageddon’: How Amazon’s culture is taking a toll on Seattle’s future – GeekWire, How Our Success is Ruining Seattle and Amazon Marketplace Fraud Made Easy AT&T: Spend $750 in International Data Roaming in One Minute Capital One: Capital One Credit Card...

/ November 11, 2015
Cartoon by R.R. Anderson

Microsoft Begins Returning Proceeds from Tax Dodging

Update: Welcome Slashdot readers! Please be sure to read about the San Francisco-ization of Seattle by Amazon and other technology leaders: How Our Success is Ruining Seattle Is Microsoft the New Robin Hood? Microsoft begins returning a fraction of its...

/ July 8, 2015

Microsoft At Work

My first project at Microsoft was to guide the requirements and end user design for fax machines running Windows. One of the challenges was working with very early, expensive, inaccurate touch screen technology circa 1993. You can learn a bit...

/ November 5, 2014