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A Microsoft Life [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Toulouse , Joanne Starer
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ever wondered what a pig flu had to do with the launch of Windows 98? What the Redmond Reality Distortion Field is? What it's like to trade emails with Bill Gates? Join Stephen "Stepto" Toulouse as he walks you through humorous and sometimes touching anectdotes from his 15 years at Microsoft in "A Microsoft Life"

Praise for "A Microsoft Life":

"Any self-respecting geek needs to read this book. Stepto provides an enjoyable and entertaining insight of life inside Microsoft."

- Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, Director of Programming for Xbox LIVE

"Anyone who lived through the adolecent years of the computer revolution will alternate between laughing and crying (from laughing) at these great stories from inside the monolith."

- Ken Denmead, NYT Bestselling Author, and Editor of

"You won't learn anything technical, but you'll sure enjoy the ride!
- Raymond Chen, Microsoft Programmer and author of The Old New Thing

Product Details

  • File Size: 302 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0557735297
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J8HQTC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Look At Current Microsoft Life April 25, 2011
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Every time I sit down and re-read some of this book it always reminds me of the type of things that happen every day when working at Microsoft.

This is a real peek at a real guy, who also happens to be a very nice guy.

I think it's a good read if you're someone who actually wants to get to know the people behind the corporate 'shield'.

I've been fortunate enough to spend some time working with Stephen (Stepto as we like to call him), and this book is very much a good reflection of who he is.

I'd say enough so that I was able to definitely identify that it's his voice in these stories.

All-in-all it was a good purchase, and I found it very similar in vein to the books written by Wil Wheaton. It's just a peek into the life of a normal guy who has happened to have had a very interesting and (in my opinion) entertaining career.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft reveiled January 16, 2011
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Great Book, Steven really makes the story of his time at Microsoft entertaining and informative. I would recomend for any Geek. I GROK this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great look into a career! December 29, 2012
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This was a great look into Stephen's career. Being in the technology field and a big fan of gaming I found this book to be a great read. I wish there was more. Maybe Stepto can and to it in the future with a follow-up book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and very spot-on December 29, 2013
By Brenda
This is really a compilation of a blog series that Stephen did. It's very spot on about life in technology, and it's also quite funny and easy to read. Stepto's personality shines through, and many of the things he observed in his Microsoft Career actually make good sense today. I work in tech and I often find myself thinking about things I read in this book as I go through the day. It covers a lot of time - from early days through more recent times, and that also makes the book pretty interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read. March 25, 2014
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Stepto writes so that the book is easy to read, and has a lot of fun moments. Definitely one of the most fun books about the inside life of Microsoft I have read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good book from start to finish March 11, 2013
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Stepto provides some good insight into Microsoft. I wish the book were longer though and I also wish he went more in depth about the xbox division and I'd also like more detailed stories about incidents on xbox live. I guess he could always write another book which I would gladly buy,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! April 29, 2012
By bigbook
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A Microsoft Life is an interesting, informative and entertaining read. Especially, I enjoyed the last chapter where Stepto, the author, combines nostalgic childhood memories of summer camp with impressions of attending a recent PAX gamer convention. Well written and engaging! Who could play Stepto in the movie version?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Toulouse unveiled November 27, 2011
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I have been a long time listener from the podcast "Major Nelson Radio" where Stephen is one of the co-hosts of the best Xbox related podcast out there. From here and later twitter I started to learn more about the person Stephen Toulouse, and his look on life and specially gaming! This book was a nice extension for me on the podcasts and tweets. Its nice to see how someone enrolled into the computer and later gaming industry. If you are into IT, Gadgets and Gaming as I am, this is a must read! Specially if you already follow Stephen on Twitter (account name = Stepto) and the "Major Nelson Radio" podcast.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Required
I chose this book as a resource for a required paper during my MS program in Leadership. Interesting, but not my favorite topic. Geeks would like it.
Published 11 months ago by Glenna Withem
2.0 out of 5 stars Too plain.
It is just a bunch of blog entries merged together to raise a bit of money. Some of the fact and stories were interesting but it is just too shallow.
Published 22 months ago by Bc. Jan Machac
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but disjointed
Slapped together book of blog entries. Some were interesting but would have like more detail than provided and a bit of continuity. N
Published 22 months ago by Jax Music Supply
3.0 out of 5 stars A blog that's a book
An interesting view of someone's career path, at Microsoft. It really is a collection of his blogs, so don't be too disappointed if it doesn't read like a book or have structured... Read more
Published on April 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Glimpse Inside of Microsoft
Stephen "Stepto" Toulouse shares glimpses his journey through Microsoft with this collection of anecdotes that I found both entertaining and engaging. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by Wynterwind
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining look at the misunderstood company I love.
"A Microsoft Life" is an entertainingly awesome and fun read. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down so I ended up finishing it in one night. Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by Brad Groux
5.0 out of 5 stars A look into one of the important people at Microsoft.
First thing first I love the xbox and I think Microsoft is an important company for the U.S. I really loved this book. Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by jazin
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