Best or most interesting Microsoft teams/divisions?

NASA Sybil
Sep 23, 2018 46 Comments

Received an offer from Microsoft for a summer internship last week and I'm pretty excited about it. Recruiter said interns don't typically choose teams but since I did well on interviews + we're still early in the recruiting season she can try to see if teams I'm interested in are taking interns.

So what teams are interesting or good in Microsoft?
Can anyone shed a bit more light on the Cortana team? Additionally, I think Windows OS, XBox, and Azure seem pretty cool as well.

tbh idk that much about Microsoft teams and divisions, I'm open to any and all input :)

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  • Microsoft wbYt28
    I work in the Cortana org. Any particular parts of Cortana that interest you?
    Sep 23, 2018 4
    • NASA Sybil
      OP
      I have a bit of NLP experience (with GCP ) + I have written batch scripts that activate on Cortana voice commands so I guess I just really like the product since I think it's really cool. How is it in the Cortana org?
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Microsoft wbYt28
      If you're interested in NLP you can ask for the LG (Language Generation) team in Cortana.

      Alternatively you can ask for some speech service stuff in Cognitive Services.
      Sep 23, 2018
    • NASA Sybil
      OP
      Is the Cortana team big and do you know if they take interns? 0_0
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Microsoft wbYt28
      There are lots of teams under the Cortana umbrella. It's pretty big, having grown a lot just recently. We definitely take interns.

      There are lots of different teams in Cortana. Some work on features and integrations. Some work on NLP stuff. Seems like you like that, which is why I suggested the LG team.
      Sep 23, 2018
  • Microsoft mamyun
    The Windows OS team is actually a pretty interesting and promising (career-wise) right now since they moved into Azure and deal with host/ guest OS and linux. I'm thinking about moving myself...
    Sep 23, 2018 6
    • NASA Sybil
      OP
      Is it only a specific subteam under OS that will be doing this though? But damn that sounds interesting
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Intel 289
      Is there a team in bay area? Or only seattle?
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Microsoft m123456
      It's Seattle. I think the kernel area teams work on this stuff.
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Intel 289
      What are the good teams in bay area for kernerl/systems/networking stuff?
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      It was always interesting and generally speaking pretty good for your career as well. I was there 5 years total and was promoted twice from 64-66.
      Sep 23, 2018
  • Microsoft baaaaallls
    MSIT
    Sep 23, 2018 7
    • Microsoft / Eng tattle
      Yes, don't join CSEO.
      Sep 23, 2018
    • NASA Sybil
      OP
      What's wrong with CSEO?
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng tattle
      It's the old MSIT Org rebranded as Corporate Services team. They do Corp IT. No actual work being done there, just politics and people passing time to retire. You definitely don't want to start your career there.
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng tattle
      In my opinion, any of the azure orgs, power bi, office 365 would be good.
      Sep 23, 2018
    • NASA Sybil
      OP
      Alright thanks!
      Sep 23, 2018
  • Microsoft thinkfree
    Azure is the up and coming place to be, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only interesting place to work (or that all teams there are great). That said, I’ve heard awesome things about Azure IoT. Windows is regarded as a boring, dinosaur age product to work on BUT I’m in Windows Data Science and that org is totally fascinating. Lots of cool problems to solve now that we’re part of Azure.
    Sep 23, 2018 4
    • Microsoft / Eng lzas
      is Windows data science for software engineers or data scientists?
      Sep 23, 2018
    • NASA Sybil
      OP
      Wow thanks for the insight! Also do you know what the experience and devices org is and what they do? I think I interviewed for that org. Thanks!
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Microsoft thinkfree
      Windows Core Data has Data Science, SWE, and PM. It’s in Cloud + AI (Azure), not Experiences and Devices. E&D has Office, lots of customer facing Windows stuff (Windows look and feel, Windows apps, Edge...)
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Financial Engines
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      zimmermore
      Do you have any idea about controlled experimentation team under Azure??
      Dec 29, 2018
  • Microsoft ElimG
    Try Sigma - the media division. Video, audio, codecs, etc. There are many subgroups.
    Sep 23, 2018 3
    • Microsoft Champignon
      Not a good idea. No offense to Sigma, their engineer are really strong, but the skills you'll learn there probably won't be useful at all outside of MSFT. I would recommend working in a team that will allow you to learn skills that have strong demand in growing field. For example, any team working in large distributed environment, maybe something in AI, etc.
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Microsoft ElimG
      Fair enough, although it depends on what you are interested in and what concepts you focus on. Many majors companies are doing their version of a/v service, apps, transcoding, etc. Google, Facebook, Amazon, apple, Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Audible, various android developers, etc. Many a/v concepts are universal. As are many core programming practices. Even games include cut scenes and video clips.
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      I wouldnt say that at all. Optimizing video, codecs etc will be useful at any streaming company. And you learn broadly applicable skills, Mike writing right code, performance etc. I never worked there directly but worked with them a lot when I was working on perf and working set for windows core.
      Sep 23, 2018
  • Microsoft StuckIn🚦
    Wow, I’m surprised at how many folks here are lecturing you about how some orgs are large and how you’ve not been specific enough. Jeez, did you folks know about the org breakdown when you were an intern?

    OP, forget about the org, think about what you’re passionate about specifically. The answer to your question depends on what you truly want to work on. MS is a huge company and offers a wide spectrum of jobs.

    Alternatively, you could pick areas that are going to be huge in the near future. And this will also look good in your resume since you’re just starting your career. In that case I would recommend something AI, machine learning, distributed systems, cloud, big data, IOT.

    Ideally you’d pick a intersection of something you’re passionate about that’s also an emerging tech. Good luck!
    Sep 23, 2018 1
    • NASA Sybil
      OP
      Thank you so much!! Will definitely look into azure and Cortana then XD
      Sep 24, 2018
  • Microsoft WoCE36
    Azure is not a team, it’s a huge division with tens of thousands of engineers, dude. So is Windows and Xbox
    Sep 23, 2018 1
    • NASA Sybil
      OP
      Haha yeah, sorry if I wasn't clear enough in my post. Wanted to ask I guess about general teams/divisions
      Sep 23, 2018
  • Microsoft njMK02
    Azure Active Directory
    Sep 23, 2018 0
  • Microsoft udtaMsft
    Stay the fuck away from Skype/Teams/Skype for business
    Sep 24, 2018 3
    • Uber Ybokjv
      What’s wrong with these groups?
      Sep 24, 2018
    • Microsoft udtaMsft
      Wow ... Lack of leaders ... No body knows what to do. Wrote code a year back. Full of legacy and tribal knowledge. You will be really lucky to find interesting work in these orgs. Skype is dying, Teams is sweat shop
      Sep 24, 2018
    • Microsoft ElimG
      I worked with them a bit. Their media code is terrible. And they are all in open offices. The fact that they rewrote their ui from scratch about three times on the last four years doesn't sound good either.
      Sep 25, 2018
  • Microsoft aka/foo
    MSIT and Skype 😈
    Sep 23, 2018 1
    • Microsoft qPnW62
      Behave. 😂
      Sep 23, 2018
  • Microsoft 6’1 fatguy
    IS
    Sep 23, 2018 0
  • NASA Sybil
    OP
    Also anyone know what the experiences and devices division does?
    Sep 23, 2018 2
    • Microsoft JohnSnow🐲
      It is the whole office/o365 org, so again thousands of engineers.
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      And windows and a whole bunch of other stuff.
      Sep 23, 2018
  • Microsoft CrispyCode
    Stay away from Windows Servicing
    Sep 25, 2018 1
    • Universal rule is to stay away from anything servicing.
      Sep 27, 2018

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