Microsoft Garage's motto? "Do epic s**t!"

Microsoft has been trying to remake itself in the past few years as a company that tries to release new and innovative products. Some of those efforts comes from Microsoft Garage, which the company set up in 2009 as a way for any employee to work on any project at any time.

Microsoft opened up a building on its Redmond, Washington campus in 2011 specifically for the Garage division. One project that came out of Microsoft Garage was Mouse Without Borders, a free download that lets one PC mouse copy, paste, drag and drop files on up to four separate PCs as if they were one PC.

Today, CNN Money reports that the Microsoft Garage division has an ... interesting and adult motto to describe their work ethic: "Do epic s**t." The article also states that entire product teams have been known to use the Garage building to work on ideas, such as a recent "take over" by the MSN mobile team to test the web site's layouts on a number of different smartphones.

The article also says that the Garage building is the location for company "science fairs" where employees can work on their own projects and present their efforts to a panel of judges. The winners apparently get to set off a "volcano eruption", according to the article. We don't know exactly what that means, but it does sound cool.

Source: CNN Money

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Mouse without Borders is brilliant! I love it

I hope to see more stuff come out from Garage that is free to use and as good

Stuff like Garage/Labs should be encouraged. Ballmer shut down all unofficial downlaods, powertoys and goodies after the "Microsoft Private Folder" fiasco. Company now has a policy of no unsupported downloads.

Mouse without borders rocks!!! Microsofts download page does not have the latest update but the mouse without borders page has the latest version. ITs updated regularly.

I've been fairly impressed with recent efforts by Microsoft, to be honest. Although I still prefer the Linux operating system and am happy with my Google services, I have to admit that things like outlook.com, the updated version of Skype for Linux, and a few other things have me taking a second look at Microsoft. I may not leave Debian and Google any time soon, but my attitude toward them is starting to improve since I'm hearing less about lawsuits and more about new innovative products.

Gerowen said,
Although I still prefer the Linux operating system

Had to use it at work to test an implementation this week - I'm "healed" for the next few years....

So they apologize and make a huge deal about 8008IES being hidden in some source code but then they publicly use this as a motto?

TRC said,
So they apologize and make a huge deal about 8008IES being hidden in some source code but then they publicly use this as a motto?

They only apologized when a bunch of idiots made a big deal out of it.

SharpGreen said,

They only apologized when a bunch of idiots made a big deal out of it.

Best thing is, Google has these gimmicks all over the place, AND they are right in your face constantly. Everyone (and really, everyone) is fine with this.
But MS actually had really cool easter eggs and gimmicks in their software, and half the world went into cry mode.

SharpGreen said,

They only apologized when a bunch of idiots made a big deal out of it.

Which is why I predict Microsoft will be apologizing for this also in a few days.

Shadowzz said,

Best thing is, Google has these gimmicks all over the place, AND they are right in your face constantly. Everyone (and really, everyone) is fine with this.
But MS actually had really cool easter eggs and gimmicks in their software, and half the world went into cry mode.

Microsoft is seen as the old school giant. They are the professional, boring type. They aren't this funky, out there crazy colours, in your face company like Google, and even to an extent, Apple.

Is this the same marketing team that created the "hip and trendy" scooter inspired dance show thing with all the drug references? It's embarassing, like an old man who claims to be "down with the kids". Stop devaluing and embarassing your respected and established brand!!!

ahhell said,
THIS
ISN'T
THE
MARKETING
TEAM!!!!!!!!!

Wait you mean coming to conclusions based solely off of the title isn't how I should approach news?

ThePitt said,
the do **** all the time. Whats new?.

it's a motto to inspire people to do amazing things rather than just with-the-limit stuff.

There's Microsoft's new marketing team at work. To stay hip, cool and relevant in today's cut-throat, fast-paced tech industry, you have to use "edgy" lingo to capture our attention. This is it. You thought Windows 8 was shocking? You haven't seen anything yet!

Microsoft marketing has the appeal of a day care fire.

bjoswald said,
There's Microsoft's new marketing team at work. To stay hip, cool and relevant in today's cut-throat, fast-paced tech industry, you have to use "edgy" lingo to capture our attention. This is it. You thought Windows 8 was shocking? You haven't seen anything yet!

Microsoft marketing has the appeal of a day care fire.

This has nothing to do with marketing. In fact the marketing teams would frown at this.

This is merely the Garage folks having some fun. Some teams and groups still know how to do that

bjoswald said,
Microsoft marketing has the appeal of a day care fire.

Given how much I dislike being around kids, I guess I'll have to take that as a compliment.

I took an epic s**t this morning lol On a more serious note, I'm sure this will create a lot of controversy because some people's brain explode when they see words like that.

PmRd said,
I took an epic s**t this morning lol On a more serious note, I'm sure this will create a lot of controversy because some people's brain explode when they see words like that.

It's usually older and/or closed minded people who get so offended by such language and quite frankly, I'm not interested to see what those types of people come up with. I want to see what the young, determined and forward thinking minds can come up with, not the boring, "true and tested", "if it ain't broke don't fix it" types who can help more by concentrating on making the epic new sh*t better after it's invented.

Well from what I've seen, the 'young' these days are holding Tech back with non productive, half-a$$ed software and TV's that last half as long as the old ones.

The only thing that doesn't seem to function is your generation. Good luck living in your fantasy world.

Mike Frett said,
Well from what I've seen, the 'young' these days are holding Tech back with non productive, half-a$$ed software and TV's that last half as long as the old ones.

The only thing that doesn't seem to function is your generation. Good luck living in your fantasy world.


feeling old and useless, huh

Mike Frett said,
Well from what I've seen, the 'young' these days are holding Tech back with non productive, half-a$$ed software and TV's that last half as long as the old ones.

The only thing that doesn't seem to function is your generation. Good luck living in your fantasy world.

What the **** is that supposed to mean?

Mike Frett said,
Well from what I've seen, the 'young' these days are holding Tech back with non productive, half-a$$ed software and TV's that last half as long as the old ones.

The only thing that doesn't seem to function is your generation. Good luck living in your fantasy world.


"Those who criticize our generation forget who raised it."