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Microspotting: Inside the Microsoft Archives 40

jones_supa writes to point out a video tour in which long-time company archivist Amy Stevenson takes us behind the scenes of the Microsoft Archives, a collection of artifacts that preserve the company's history and culture. "There, you'll find decades worth of Microsoft software, advertisements, documentation, memorabilia and...skulls? You'll just have to watch to understand. Some of the scariest items include a life-like Bill Gates doll (wearing a jogging suit), sent by a Russian doll artist, and a human-sized Clippy costume."
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Microspotting: Inside the Microsoft Archives

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  • A multi-billion dollar corporation has creepy stuff in their secret lair?

    And it is used to promoted company "culture"?

    Call me when you find a giant company that doesn't do this.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      People who do good things look outward for inspiration.

      People who do nothing much look only in the mirror.

      Although Apple's done a bit of looking outward (though it'd never admit it), Microsoft, Google, &co. look mostly in the mirror.

    • I understand all that you said but I have to point out just one thing.

      a human sized clippy costume? that is the most terrifying thing I have ever heard of. that ranks higher than clown, advertisers, lawyers and politicians.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Microsoft Bob.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        I work at Microsoft. The Clippy costume is actually pretty funny in real life and gets busted out fairly regularly at office parties. (Employees can reserve stuff from the archives, sort of like a library.) People assume that everyone at Microsoft is totally bought in to whatever we ship. This might be true at the top of the ORG chart, but most of the employees see things the same as the rest of the world, and are just smart people who like working on world-class projects and trying to make things better.

  • by PeeAitchPee ( 712652 ) on Sunday November 03, 2013 @08:01AM (#45316795)
    . . . when they sat in the bubble-wrapped chairs and the interviewer asked about the chairs' significance, I seriously assumed the archivist was gonna say one of them was the one that Ballmer threw whilst ranting about Google.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    >and a human-sized Clippy costume

    the horror! just imagine if one of those made it to the real world.

    at least the archives is doing humanity something good.

    • >and a human-sized Clippy costume

      the horror! just imagine if one of those made it to the real world. at least the archives is doing humanity something good.

      I noticed the other one was all tied up. Anyone think to ask why it was tied up? I suspect either to prevent it from getting loose, or some kind of weird ritual to prevent the MS employee within from being able to escape.

  • Rosebud (Score:5, Funny)

    by mlwmohawk ( 801821 ) on Sunday November 03, 2013 @08:26AM (#45316863)

    I expected to see a sled at some point.

  • by The123king ( 2395060 ) on Sunday November 03, 2013 @08:53AM (#45316947)
    It looks like you're trying to move. Would you like help with that?

    o Get me out of this suit!

    o Just let me have some limb movement...

    [] Don't show me this tip again.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    No, I really don't. That's what the summaries are for.

    • There's also the old saying that "a picture can tell more than a thousand words". :)
    • At least you can now watch Channe9/MSDN videos on a Linux box. I think there was a time when they wanted you to use S*lv*rl*ght to watch their stuff. They're not providing ogv or webm streams, but oh well...
  • Wow, the interviewer was a real jackass. Instead of asking pointed questions he just made stupid jokes, a la David Pogue.
  • Silverlight crashed while I was watching this. I can't stop laughing.

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