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Apple built a spaceship, Amazon's tendered for a town and now Microsoft's announced a “multi-year campus refresh project” that will see it splash US$150m to renovate 6.7 million square feet of its offices, add eight new buildings and lay a cricket pitch. The money will be poured into the company's Redmond campus, which will …

Re: Who the hell really cares?

I was actually quoting Angus Deayton - I haven't watched a cricket match since I used to sneak out of school to watch one day internationals at Trent Bridge...

But whether four or five days isn't really relevant...it's a looooooooooooooooooong time....

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Re: Who the hell really cares?

@Who the hell really cares?

It'll always be called "Redmond", regardless.

And yes, you snarky lot, many of us Yanks appreciate and play Cricket.

Well, for values of 'many' between 0% and 1% ...

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Re: Who the hell really cares?

That's still ~3 million people. Granted, with our population density well under 10% of that of England, it's a trifle harder to get a pick-up game going ...

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Eden Gardens?

All of a sudden the idea of the company having a cricket pitch makes them sympathetic again. Cricket has a long and illustrious history from which to draw inspiration.

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It's just not cricket

There should be a road called %path%. And the car-free campus will simulate the situation with any hardware that is more than 18 months old: you cannot find any drivers. Perhaps a horticultural enclosure called the UWP walled garden.

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A Cricket pitch you say

How very civilised

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Spiritual Home of Innovative Technical Enterprise

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Advanced Research Street East 2 West Intersection Public Eventspace

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Campus name

What about "The Shellter"?

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Campus name #2

They could install a big slide and call it the Shellter Skelter...

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Name

Campus McCampusFace surely

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Microsoft Bob

I can't believe that no one has recommended they rename their campus to Microsoft Bob. How is this not a poll option?

Personally, I'd like to go to their campus to grab a pastrami sandwich at the Control-Alt-Deli and then catch a show at the Blue Screen theater. Afterward I could down a few brews at the Ribbon Bar where things only start to make sense under the influence of copious amounts of alcohol.

...And then wake up from the nightmare that is Microsoft and go ~.

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The Campus Formerly Known As Metro

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Suggestions,

Move all of the buildings around and cover them up with big, colourful rectangles so that no one can find anything.

Since just knowing where things are is the old way of doing things, microphones and speakers will be placed everywhere. To find a place one simply asks. The speakers will respond with a friendly AI assistant who will direct you to specific products for purchase based on that confidential conversation you had with your lawyer the other day.

That brings us to surveillance. Surveillance, surveillance, surveillance. There should be no place that is not covered by video cameras. For example, bathroom stalls shall have at least 6 cameras, one for each wall, one on the ceiling, and the "bottoms up" view.

With the new total surveillance system comes targeted advertising. Going back to our bathroom stall example, a large and colourful screen would be placed on the door to show targeted ads. One such ad could consist of our beloved character "Clippy" exclaiming "It looks like you are dealing with prostate cancer..."

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You think the cricket pitch is weird?

There are two baseball - well, probably softball - infields with no outfield to speak of, unless you count the tennis courts across the path from the right hand infield. So keep that ball down, guys.

The "brown" cricket track is probably an all-weather surface of some kind. That's pretty common for dedicated cricket grounds here in the USA. We have one locally that was mandated by the person who donated the parkland to the city. Apparently he/she loved cricket. It's a big area with baseball diamonds at the corners and the cricket track in the middle. Well, the local West Indian population loves it.

Mine's a Red Stripe, mon.

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Hall of the Things.

Failing that, Hall of the Brumalmarc.

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It should be named Sinofsky's End

- after the prat who destroyed Windows with his Win8 nightmare

Its been downhill ever since

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Its been downhill ever since (Win8)

If you think that Windows 8 was where Microsoft went wrong with Windows, might I point out the definitive failures Windows Vista and Windows ME?

It's been a fairly standard practice that every other version of Windows should be avoided. The jury is out on how to count 95 vs 95a vs 95b, 98 vs 98SE, and 8 vs 8.1 and how Service Packs should be counted. The jury is also still out on whether 10 fits the rule or not. (And this is only counting the desktop consumer line.)

Long story short is that approximately half of Microsoft's releases of Windows are so ridden with bugs that you almost forget about all of the features cut from the releases and leave you waiting for the next Windows version to replace it with something that actually works. So really, MS is still pretty much par for their course.

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So that would be the ...

The MCG ... but there's one of those already in Yarra Park. Better try the MSCG?

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What a waste of turf

They could just install a handful of 486 PCs in the canteen and play Graham Gooch's cricket. Just don't tell Nadella about bowling the ball at that rogue white pixel slightly wide of the leg stump (gets the batter out every time).

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Redmond 2.0

Microsoft's rebuilding its headquarters. What should it call the refreshed campus?

Lala land

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Better Idea for Redmond...

... spend the US$150m on building a new more modern OS instead. Apple did it. Microsoft wants to be like Apple right?

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Re: Better Idea for Redmond...

"spend the US$150m on building a new more modern OS instead. Apple did it."

My idea of "more modern" is not password free authentication as root....

Windows 10 works just fine and is relatively fast, secure and stable. If you don't like the default interface then there are others to chose from that also work just fine.

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Hotel (North of) California

You can opt-out any time you like, but you can never leave!

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Snooping Alley

A paradise for curtain twitchers

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Loved every visit to Redmond. Cool place, good time. MSFT FTW

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WTF?

In related news, Digital Research has built a better campus.

But nobody knows where it is or how to find it.

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