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Joe Conley on Thursday, 06 July 2006. Posted in Co-op

I've reloacated to Issaquah, Washington for my internship with Microsoft, and boy is this place scenic. I'll try to post some pictures of this place soon, and also of my trips to Pennsylvania, Ocean City, Boston, and Vermont this summer.

After my first few days of some pretty boring orientation stuff, I might actually get a chance to do some actual work tomorrow. While Microsoft treats their employees really well and is the worldwide leader in software, I have some reservations working for this "evil empire," specifically people like Steve Ballmer, who when asked if he used an iPod responded "No, I do not. Nor do my children.... I've got my kids brainwashed: You don't use Google, and you don't use an iPod." He's also pretty famous for some of his antics at Microsoft events as evidenced in an google video entitled "Dance Monkeyboy."

I'm not sure what it is about Microsoft, but so far it has been my opinion that they fail to produce the quality software products I enjoy from other companies like Google and Apple. They don't seem to focus enough on the user experience and usability or security, which is why I use OS X instead of Windows, GMail instead of Hotmail, and Firefox instead of Internet Explorer.

In the New Employee Orientation that consisted of 180 people for this week alone, (and 300 next week, the most ever) while everyone else seemed to be very excited to be part of Microsoft, I feel like I'm working for a company I don't really believe in.

While I am sure it's going to be great to be an intern here and that it will do wonders for my career, I'm not sure I'd be comfortable working here full time.

But we'll see how I feel in a few weeks.