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microsoft id card circa 1991
Posted on June 3, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

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, I worked in research to bring Windows to fax machines so you could send files from Read More

microsoft cumulative revenue
Posted on May 8, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

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.

microsoft boeing tax break
Posted on May 5, 2016 by Jeff Reifman

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 year. And, he probably didn’t mention it because he didn’t know its scope — The Read More

Posted on November 11, 2015 by Jeff Reifman

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 Fraud Detection Stupidly Shuts Down Accounts Century Link: Affordable Seattle broadband? What Would Macklemore Do? Read More

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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 multi-billion dollar Nevada tax dodge. In March, The Seattle Times noticed Microsoft’s General Counsel Brad Read More

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Jeff Reifman

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 more at Wikipedia. Microsoft At Work: Ricoh IFS77 Intelligent Fax Machine Commercial from Jeff Reifman Read More

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Apple’s Turned the PC Market on its Head

The iPad’s devastation of PC market share (“Tablets To Grow 53.4% This Year, Says Gartner, As The Traditional PC declines 11.2%“) combined with Apple’s free release of Mavericks OS X struck me at how much the company’s flipped the dynamics of the industry. I worked at Microsoft from 1991 to 1999 as a Group Program Manager. Read More

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