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Microsoft Mac Lab virtual tour

updated 10:20 am EDT, Fri April 21, 2006

MS Mac Lab virtual tour

A member of Microsoft's Mac Business Unit has posted a virtual tour of the Microsoft Mac Lab, offering visitors a glimpse into the work area of Microsoft employees who develop and test Mac versions of the company's software. Boasting roughly 2,000 square feet of "solid computers," the lab -- until recently -- contained every significant hardware revision Apple has ever released "since the dawn of time." The "Sandbox" offers workers a set of all significant hardware configurations that Apple has released which run Microsoft products, and contains testing racks filled with countless Mac models. Lab workers use a KVM switch box and Apple Remote Desktop to flip through 150 Mac minis, which compliment numerous other Mac systems for a total of 249 automation machines that run a battery of automated tests each day.

by MacNN Staff





  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Who really cares what the inside of the MBU looks like? So long as it's there and will continue to make office so the drone IT managers won't start saying that macs can't do office work.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Very nice indeed!

    These guys are true Macheads. One has to keep in mind that this is, after Cupertino, the largest Mac software operation in the world. It's nice to know that the mood is so positive in there (as oposed to the desperation and frustration in MS's Windows outfit over this Vista debacle...). MS Office is the necessary reality of the Mac world, as long as there's MS and Windows out there. It's good to know that MacBU is fine and well.

  1. robfarri

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A wicked blog post if you read it. I'm not that much of a tech head but found it really interesting! All those minis looked especially cool.

  1. corsair

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "We even had an old SE/30 and IIci and super expensive Mac II all connected via PhoneNet running Spectre, just for fun."

    Wow, they really are MacHeads. I loved Spectre. Back in the day, it was the fastest, meanest sci-fi tank battle game I'd ever seen. They even did that thing where you network all the Macs in the office and kill your co-workers over and over.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wow, no wonder...

    ...and with all of that whiz bang stuff, they still don't manage to get working software out the door - at least in that respect they are similar to the Windows group. Seriously, maybe if they spent more resources allocated to actually working on Office, specifically fixing Entourage's Exchange features, and getting rid of the monolithic mail database file, maybe, just maybe, they'd actually have some working software.

    Entourage = useless for serious mail; crashes and takes all of your data to h*** with it; has too many flaws in Exchange environments -- but thank god we have an outdated new version of MSN Messenger!

  1. benfeea1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    c*** software

    Wow all those Mac resources and they still manage to release c*** software.

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They are truly serious Mac developers. And the Mac BU does not release "c*** software." Office works great for me, even on my relatively old G4 Mac. I use it (including Entourage) every day. If MS ever decides to kill support for Mac OS X, Apple should "buy" the Mac BU from Microsoft and make room for them at that new Cupertino campus they are building.

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