IamA a Microsoft employee who has worked on Windows 7 and 8. I've been to BillG's residence. AMAA
I've seen the workings of the Redmond mothership from the inside for years. Go ahead and ask questions regarding the experience, my opinions on state and future of the tech industry, horse sized ducks or the meaning of life.
Edit: All opinions are personal and not that of Microsoft. Grabbing lunch - a hungry developer is a sad developer. Keep em coming. Thanks for all the insightful questions and fun discussion!
Edit2: Ah frontpage. Deer in the spotlight. Shameless plug: Those who would one day like to work for Microsoft - have a look at this poster, we do a lot of stuff: http://blogs.technet.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-00-80-73-Blogpost/0285.UR_5F00_Poster_5F00_Front-pdf.pdf (warning 4 MB PDF) More shameless plugs: Walk into a store and check out the new form factors announced at CES: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbDgIH2Yyco and also checkout the Windows Phones at your favorite carrier store - everyone I know including former iPhone and Android fanatics are super happy with theirs.
Edit3: Thanks IceCin: Apparently Win+X menu in Windows 8 is the greatest addition to Windows since XP. So the trio (dev, test, pm) behind this gem: go get drunk tomorrow if you are reading this.
Edit4: Signing off. Thanks everyone for this. Sorry I could not keep up with the number of messages. What I find surprising is that there is only one recent Google employee AMA and a couple other Microsoft AMA's. Given how popular this is I think there should be more of these from tech companies. Those who messaged about the recruiting process I will try to reply sometime over the next week.
You know somethin', Utivich? I think this just might be my masterpiece.