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Microsoft software engineers try some new tools at work (and rip out the side of a building)


Whilden operating an excavator under the watchful eye of PCI Democon supervisor Gordon Bowman during the kickoff of building demolition as part of the modernisation of Microsoft's Redmond campus. — Seattle Times/TNS

Whilden operating an excavator under the watchful eye of PCI Democon supervisor Gordon Bowman during the kickoff of building demolition as part of the modernisation of Microsoft's Redmond campus. — Seattle Times/TNS

Microsoft software engineers tried their hand operating some heavy-duty hardware on the company's Redmond campus on Jan 8, using an excavator to start tearing down a building as the company kicked off the demolition phase of its campus-modernisation project. 

Matthew Whilden, a senior software engineer, and his engineering teammates bid through Microsoft's Employee Giving Campaign auction for the opportunity to do some demo work on the first few buildings, using sledgehammers and the "claw".

Microsoft senior software engineer Matthew Whilden describes to other employees what it was like to operate the excavator and start to demolish a building. 'I was so super excited last night I could barely sleep,' he said. (Steve Ringman/Seattle Times/TNS)
Whilden describing to other employees what it was like to operate the excavator and start to demolish a building. "I was so super excited last night I could barely sleep," he said.
   

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