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.