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Summer of , I completed a week remote internship at Microsoft as a Program Manager working on a team in Azure PIE. I had a great interest in exploring the role of a program manager as I believes that it widens the technology field by combining the roles of a business analyst, project manager, software engineer, and a creative ideator. My unique educational background of studying Computer Science, Psychology, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship, made me uniquely qualified to be a well-rounded Program Manager.
Microsoft is a technology company dedicated to advancing human and organizational achievement with the mission to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more” (www.microsoft.com). The company focuses on producing and selling software products, personal computers, services, consumer electronics, and hardware. I am choosing to complete this experience as I believes it merges my interests of computer science, psychology, and innovation and entrepreneurship as I follow the entrepreneurial lifecycle with the feature I create and ship over my internship. Ideating, creating, validating through customer feedback, managing, launching, and continuing to iterate the feature is incredibly entrepreneurial as I will be essentially treating my feature as a miniature startup, following an incredibly similar process.
My role as a PM Intern is to create a new feature on an internal service used by Microsoft. My responsibilities include creating a vision document including mocks/wireframes and customer interview transcripts, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the customers and the problem space; designing a go-to-market plan with defined success metrics, established baselines and processes for tracking metrics, determined preview and GA criteria, and explicit steps for the feature moving forward; conducting user studies and constantly iterating the product based on feedback; and being a productive and helpful team member by communicating effectively, contributing perspective, being reliable, and demonstrating a growth mindset.
The skills that I better developed through my project included customer focus, adaptability, end-to-end innovation, collaboration, judgement, technical excellence, influence for impact, drive for results, planning, organization, and executing. In regards to overarching learning objectives I learned more about Microsoft as a company and culture as well as heard personal journeys and advice of employees as I conversed with at least one new employee and intern each week and actively searching for and attending Microsoft lead events. I had a midpoint review with my mentor and manager who provided feedback for me as well as a final review at the end of my internship.
I am following a self-designated I&E pathway combining Social Innovation & Policy and Technology & Design: Socially Innovative Technology. My experience of being a PM Intern at Microsoft, a technology company, challenges me to use my technical skills to devise and design a technical feature on an internal service. Thus, I am directly using my knowledge regarding technology and computer science to create a product, in line with this pathway. Microsoft is an incredibly socially innovative company, with the mission statement to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more” (www.microsoft.com). While the specific feature that I am working on does not hold a large emphasis on social innovation I have been attending educational and volunteering programming each week as well as taking advantage of their match program to integrate more of this social element. Last summer, my experience with DukeEngage Detroit emphasized the social innovation and policy pathway with presence of technology and design and this summer I wanted to do the antithesis: highlight technology and design with the presence of social innovation and policy.
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Program Manager is the shell of Windows 3.x and Windows NT 3.x operating systems. This shell exposed a task-oriented graphical user interface (GUI), consisting of icons (shortcuts for programs) arranged into program groups. It replaced MS-DOS Executive, a file manager, as the default Windows shell.
OS/2 and later included the Program Manager as part of its Win-OS/2 compatibility layer. Win-OS/2, including the Program Manager, are still included in later derivatives of OS/2 such as ArcaOS.
Program Manager descends from Desktop Manager, the shell for OS/2  Unlike Desktop Manager, which presents its program groups in a simple list, and opens each group in a separate window, Program Manager opens program groups in child windows using the new multiple document interface in Windows 3. The icons used to represent Program Manager itself, program groups, and DOS applications in Windows are carried over from OS/2 Windows uses updated versions of these icons.
When executables were dropped into Program Manager from File Manager, Program Manager automatically used the executable's default icon embedded as data inside the .EXE file. Additionally, the Windows Setup program, which populated Program Manager with the standard icons of a fresh install, could also be used to add new icons in bulk after installation. Using SETUP /P from the command line, a standard layout could be installed on many machines in an enterprise using a single SETUP.INF configuration file.
Beginning with Windows , Program Manager contained a StartUp group. Programs and files placed into that group would be loaded when Windows starts.
Holding down the shift key while selecting File then Exit Windows will save the current configuration of Program Manager to PROGMAN.INI, including the position of all program group icons, assuming that auto-arrange has been disabled. This allowed Microsoft testers to try many different configurations, but the feature remained in the shipped version.
In later versions of Microsoft Windows, starting with Windows 95 and Windows NT , Program Manager was replaced by Windows Explorer as the default shell. Specifically, the Start Menu took over program organization and launching duties. However, Windows 95 still gave the user the option to start Program Manager at boot.
Program Manager was still included in later versions of Windows, and could be accessed by executing from the command line or Run dialog. It could be used as the default shell by specifying the Shell value in the registry at either (per machine) or (per user).
Microsoft removed Program Manager from Windows XP Service Pack 2. In Windows Vista, was removed entirely.
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Microsoft Project is the latest version of Project. Previous versions include Project , Project , Project , and Project Project is compatible with Windows
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Microsoft Project is a project management software product, developed and sold by Microsoft. It is designed to assist a project manager in developing a schedule, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing the budget, and analyzing workloads.
Microsoft Project was the company's third Microsoft Windows-based application. Within a few years after its launch, it became the dominant PC-based project management software.
It is part of the Microsoft Office family but has never been included in any of the Office suites. It is available currently in two editions, Standard and Professional. Microsoft Project's proprietary file format is .mpp.
Microsoft Project and Microsoft Project Server are the cornerstones of the Microsoft Officeenterprise project management (EPM) product.
'Project' was an MS-DOS software application originally written in Microsoft 'C' (and some assembly) language for the IBM PC. The idea originated from the vision of Ron Bredehoeft, a former IBM S/E and PC enthusiast in the early s, to express the recipe and all preparation for a breakfast of eggs Benedict in project management terms. Mr. Bredehoeft formed Microsoft Application Services (MAS) during the birth of the application and the company later entered an OEM agreement with Microsoft Corporation. Alan M. Boyd, Microsoft's Manager of Product Development, introduced the application as an internal tool to help manage the huge number of software projects that were in development at any time inside the company. Boyd wrote the specification and engaged a local Seattle company to develop the prototype.
The first commercial version of Project was released for DOS in Microsoft bought all rights to the software in and released version 2. Version 3 for DOS was released in Version 4 for DOS was the final DOS version, released in The first Windows version was released in , and was labelled version 1 for Windows.
In a Macintosh version was released. Development continued until Microsoft Project for Mac in Microsoft Project 4 for the Mac included both 68k and PowerMac versions, Visual Basic for Applications and integration with Microsoft office for the Mac. In , Microsoft stopped development of most of its Mac applications and did not offer a new version of Office until , after the creation of the new Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit the year prior. The Mac Business Unit never released an updated version of Project, and the last version does not run natively on macOS.
Microsoft Project was the only version to support Windows 2.x (Windows and Windows x). It came bundled with Windows 2.x runtime but was fully compatible with Windows , especially Standard and Enhanced modes. The setup program runs in DOS, like most Windows-based applications at the time.
Microsoft Project introduced macro support, toolbars, print preview, DDE and OLE support, spell checking, Resource Allocation view and Planning Wizards and was the last to support Windows The setup program now runs in Windows, and it is based on Microsoft's own setup program, which was also used by e.g. Microsoft Visual Basic /, Works , Access 1.x.
Microsoft Project was the first to use common Office menus, right-click context menus, Acme setup program and the last to support Windows x, Windows NT and It was the last bit version. Additionally it was the first version to use VBA macro language and introduced screen tooltips, Cue Cards, GanttChartWizard, Calendar view, Assign Resources dialog, recurring tasks, workgroup abilities, Drawing toolbar, Microsoft Project Exchange file format support, OLE and ability to create reports. This version allowed user to consolidate up to 80 projects.
Microsoft Project 95 () was the first bit version and it was designed for Windows 95, hence the name even though some components such as the welcome tour, help components etc. remained bit. It introduced ODBC support, AutoCorrect, Answer Wizard, like all Office 95 applications. Updated version, called Microsoft Project a improved Windows NT support. Additionally it was the first version to be available on CD-ROM. Additionally it was the last version to open Project files.
Microsoft Project 98 was fully bit, and the first to use Tahoma font in the menu bars, to contain Office Assistant, like all Office 97 applications, introduced view bar, AutoFilter, task splitting, Assignment Information dialog, resource availability dates, project status date, user-entered actual costs, new task types, multiple critical paths, in-sheet controls, ability to rename custom fields, Web publishing features, new database format, Task Usage, Tracking Gantt and Resource Usage views, Web features, Web toolbar, PERT analysis features, resource contouring, cost rate tables, effort-driven scheduling, cross-project linking, indicators, progress lines, ability to save project files in HTML format, ability to analyze time-scaled data in Excel, improved limits for the number of tasks, resources, outline levels etc., IntelliMouse and Microsoft Office Binder support, Microsoft Outlook timeline integration, selective data import and export, ability to save as Microsoft Excelpivot tables, Microsoft Project Map, Project menu and allowed user to consolidate 1, projects. It was the last version to run on Windows NT , the last to open Project /95 files and save in .mpx (Microsoft Project Exchange) file format, the last to use Acme setup program and the last to be available on floppy disks. Project 98 SR-1 was a major service release addressing several issues in Project 
Microsoft Project was the first to use personalized menus, Microsoft Agent-based Office Assistant and to use Windows Installer-based setup interface, like all Office applications, and introduced Microsoft Project Central (later renamed Microsoft Project Server). PERT Chart was renamed Network Diagram and was greatly improved in this version. Notable new features include ability to create personal Gantt charts, ability to apply filters in Network Diagram view, AutoSave, task calendars, ability to create projects based on templates and to specify default save path and format, graphical indicators, material resources, deadline dates, OLE DB, grouping, outline codes, estimated durations, month duration, value lists and formulas custom fields, contoured resource availability, ability to clear baseline, variable row height, in-cell editing, fill handle, ability to set fiscal year in timescale, single document interface, accessibility features, COM add-ins, pluggable language user interface, roaming user and Terminal Services support, ability to set task and project priority up to 1, (previously 10) and HTML help. Project was also the last version to support Find Fast (available in Windows 9x and NT only) and to run on Windows Project SR-1 fixed several bugs.
Microsoft Project was the first to contain task panes, safe mode, smart tags, import/setup tracking/new project/calendar/import and export mapping wizards, ability to import tasks from Outlook and to save multiple baselines along with additional baseline fields, Project Guide, EPM/portfolio features (Professional only), Excel task list template, rollup baseline data to summary tasks on a selective baseline save, ability to choose which baseline the earned value calculations are based on, calculation options, multiple project manager support (Project Server is required), Collaborate menu, "Type a question for help" in the top right corner, error reporting along with mandatory product activation, like Office XP and Windows XP and ability to open and save Microsoft Project Data Interchange (.mspdi) files. It was also the last version to run on Windows NT , 98 (SE) and ME. It was available in two editions for the first time, Standard and Professional. Office Assistant is installed but not enabled by default. Support for accounts with limited rights under Windows /XP was improved. Find Fast was dropped in favor of Windows /XP Indexing Service.
Microsoft Project was the first to support Windows XPvisual styles and to contain SharePoint support, XML importing/printing/Copy Picture to Office wizards, built-in Office Online help, ability to create WBS charts in Visio, add-in for comparing projects (available as a freely downloadable add-on for Project and ), resource availability graphs, ability to import resource information from Active Directory and Exchange address book, Windows XP-style icons, like all Office applications, and the last to contain Office Assistant (not installed by default) and to run on Windows (Service Pack 3 required).
Microsoft Project was the last to contain the menu bar and toolbars. New features include top level budget planning, multiple level undo, ability to manage non-working time, background cell highlighting, cost/team resources, change highlighting, visual reports, desktop OLAP cube and Report menu. Office Assistant was removed entirely.
Microsoft Project was the first to contain ribbon and Backstage view, like all Office applications, contextual guidance, ability to zoom in/out quickly, user-controlled scheduling, top down summary tasks, placeholder text in project fields, timeline view, ability to add columns dynamically, text wrap, expanded color palette and formatting, task inspector, schedule warnings, ability to save as PDF or XPS and to synchronize with SharePoint, enhanced copy/pase and the last to open Microsoft Project 98 and .mpx files and to run on Windows XP and Vista. Additionally it was the first bit version. Volume licensing activation was introduced in this version.
Microsoft Project was the first to contain Modern UI-based look, and introduced Microsoft account and OneDrive integration. New features include integrated communication (Skype for Business is required).
Microsoft Project is the last to support Windows 7 and Windows 8(.1). New features include multiple timeline view, Tell Me, colorful/dark gray/white themes, resource engagements, resource manager views, resource capacity heat maps, ability to give feedback directly to Microsoft in the File tab.
Microsoft Project runs only on Windows 10, and it contains features carried over from Office New features include ability to link tasks using a drop-down menu, Task Summary Name field, timeline bar labels and task progress, accessibility improvements.
Versions for Windows were released in (v), (v), (v), (Project 95, va), Project 98 (v), Project 98 SR-1 (), Project (v), Project SR-1 (), Project (v), Project (v), Project (v), Project (v), Project (v) and Project (v). There was no Version 2 on the Windows platform; the original design spec was augmented with the addition of macro capabilities and the extra work required to support a macro language pushed the development schedule out to early (Version 3).
Project creates budgets based on assignment work and resource rates. As resources are assigned to tasks and assignment work estimated, the program calculates the cost, equal to the work times the rate, which rolls up to the task level and then to any summary tasks and finally to the project level. Resource definitions (people, equipment and materials) can be shared between projects using a shared resource pool. Each resource can have its own calendar, which defines what days and shifts a resource is available. Resource rates are used to calculate resource assignment costs which are rolled up and summarized at the resource level. Each resource can be assigned to multiple tasks in multiple plans and each task can be assigned multiple resources, and the application schedules task work based on the resource availability as defined in the resource calendars. All resources can be defined in label without limit. Therefore, it cannot determine how many finished products can be produced with a given amount of raw materials. This makes Microsoft Project unsuitable for solving problems of available materials constrained production. Additional software is necessary to manage a complex facility that produces physical goods.
The application creates critical path schedules, and critical chain and event chain methodology third-party add-ons also are available. Schedules can be resource leveled, and chains are visualized in a Gantt chart. Additionally, Microsoft Project can recognize different classes of users. These different classes of users can have differing access levels to projects, views, and other data. Custom objects such as calendars, views, tables, filters, and fields are stored in an enterprise global which is shared by all users.
Project is available in two editions, Standard and Professional; both editions are available either as 32 or 64bit options. The Professional edition includes all the features of the Standard version, plus more features like team collaboration tools and ability to connect to Microsoft Project Server.
Microsoft Project includes the Fluent user interface known as the Ribbon.
- Microsoft Project's capabilities were extended with the introduction of Microsoft Office Project Server and Microsoft Project Web Access. Project Server stores Project data in a central SQL-based database, allowing multiple, independent projects to access a shared resource pool. Web Access allows authorized users to access a Project Server database across the Internet, and includes timesheets, graphical analysis of resource workloads, and administrative tools.
- User controlled scheduling
- User-controlled scheduling offers flexible choices for developing and managing projects.
- The timeline view allows the user to build a basic Visio-style graphical overview of the project schedule. The view can be copied and pasted into PowerPoint, Word, or any other application.
- SharePoint list synchronization
- SharePoint Foundation and Project Professional project task status updates may be synchronized for team members.
- Inactive tasks
- helps experiment with project plans and perform what-if analysis
- The Team Planner view
- The new Team Planner shows resources and work over time, and helps spot problems and resolve issues.
What's new in Project includes new Reports section, better integration with other Microsoft products, and appearance of user interface items:
- A Reports section is added to the ribbon for pre-installed reports. Project includes graphical reports so that you can create graphical reports and add clipart without having to export data to another program. For example, the Burndown reports show planned work, completed work, and remaining work as lines on a graph. Project adds pre-installed ability to compare projects, do dashboards, and to export to Visual Reports.
- Trace task paths
- This feature allows you to highlight the link chain (or 'task path') for any task. When you click on a specific task, all of its predecessor tasks show up in one color and all of its successor tasks show up in another color.
- Project improves the sharing and communication features of its predecessors in multiple ways without leaving Project. With Lync installed, hovering over a name allows you to start an IM session, a video chat, an email, or a phone call. You can copy and paste content to any of the Microsoft Office suite. You can sync content to SharePoint or a SkyDrive to share without going through Project and Project Online provides an online project management web app that has all of the functionality of Project and can be accessed from any web enabled device.
Project adds a new Reports section, backwards-compatibility with Project Server , better integration with other Microsoft products, and improved appearance of user interface items:
- Allows user to customize views to have multiple timeline bars and custom date ranges in a single view.
- Resource Agreements
- Gives features for resource planning coordination between Project Manager and Resource Manager.
- Office style theme and help
- Uses the new Office query 'tell me what you want to do'.
- Backwards compatibility with Microsoft Project Server
- The transition of enterprises from one version to the next may be eased by this product being able to interact with the earlier version of server.
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