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Xiaomi Air 13 2018 (intel i5 8250u, MX150)

Hey guys,

I’m selling my 2018 Xiaomi notebook air 13.3″ laptop, in good as new hardly used condition, with box and all packaging. It is the 2018 enhanced version in dark grey with the with an intel i5-8250u (8th gen) and dedicated Nvidia MX150 graphics card.

I haven’t really used it much. I intended to make it into a dual booting macOS hackintosh, but it was beyond my ability once I got into DSDT/SSDT patching, so I am giving up! If I wanted to keep a win 10 laptop this would be my…

Xiaomi Air 13 2018 (intel i5 8250u, MX150)

Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan email to employees: Making sure every voice is heard

From: Kathleen Hogan
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2018 5:10 PM
To: Microsoft – All Employees
Subject: Making sure every voice is heard

Since Satya and I sent mail in December, a discussion has continued in the U.S. and around the world about the experiences of women in the workplace, and issues of both gender discrimination and sexual harassment.  This discussion is not limited to any one employer, industry or country and includes Microsoft as well. This is an important discussion to have, and while it can be painful, it is only through dialogue and action that we will make progress.

One consistent topic has been how employers handle complaints, what action they take when they identify concerns, and whether employees are free to speak out on these issues.

The most important thing to me, and to our entire leadership team, is that our employees trust and have confidence in how we address these issues and specifically how we handle complaints that are raised.

In December we took a step to ensure that anyone alleging sexual harassment will have the chance to raise their concerns in a court of law.  We became the first Fortune 100 company to endorse legislation that would ensure that every person facing sexual harassment in the workplace can make their case in a public court, rather than behind closed doors in private arbitration. We also announced we were waiving the contractual requirement for arbitration of sexual harassment claims in our own arbitration agreements for the limited number of employees who have this requirement even before any legislation passes.  This was just one step, and one we hope others will follow.

In recent weeks there has been some attention in the media on how Microsoft investigates complaints of gender discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace, alleging that we don’t take these issues seriously and don’t investigate complaints thoroughly.  Some of what has been reported contains inaccurate and misleading data.  Today, I discussed my thoughts on this topic with our executive staff (which includes the top leadership from across the company). I thought it was important to share my thoughts with you and provide additional transparency and new information that hasn’t been part of the public discussion. While the media discussion and specific data is focused on the U.S., I want to share the information with all Microsoft employees.

We strive to create an environment where everyone is respected, safe and able to do their best work.  We aspire to ensure all voices are heard, that we listen deeply and that we are fair. We want people to be able to raise their concerns.  We take these concerns seriously and we investigate them thoroughly. And where we find issues, we take appropriate action.

I want to share the most recent data with you. For context, we have over 65,000 employees in the U.S. Last fiscal year, we had 83 sexual harassment complaints. Sexual harassment covers a broad range of issues including amongst other things, inappropriate gender-based jokes and unwanted physical contact.  Out of those 83 harassment complaints, nearly 50% were found to be supported in part or in full following the investigation, and more than half of these resulted in termination of an employee who engaged in unacceptable behavior. Depending on the severity of the case there are a range of other disciplinary actions we take.

In the same year we had 84 complaints of gender discrimination.  Around 10% of those were found to be supported in part or in full, and we took appropriate action in these cases too. Gender discrimination can cover a range of issues, including whether work assignments are equitable, concerns about being excluded from meetings or training opportunities, as well as concerns about compensation, rewards or promotions based on gender.

The numbers for last year paint a broadly representative picture of prior years too, especially when you adjust for things like the increase in the number of employees at the company. Reports that we rarely reach a conclusion in favor of the complainant are based on a faulty reading of a partial data set.

As we shared previously, we have multiple ways in which you can raise a concern. However, some of you have asked “if I raise a concern, what happens next?” I want to ensure that everyone has additional transparency on the investigations process, how it works and what you can expect. You can find more information here, but at a high level, the process is:

  • HR or CELA (the Employee Relations Investigations Team/ERIT) will reach out to discuss your concern.
  • Based on the nature of the concern HR or ERIT will follow up to share suggested next steps and an expected timeline.
  • Depending on the issue, there will be a process to investigate the complaint as well as a plan to discuss the results.
  • Employees who raise concerns are not precluded from discussing their experiences or the investigation. There is no “gag order” once a complaint is registered.
  • During the course of investigations, we strive to keep employees updated on the status of the investigation, so the process doesn’t feel opaque.
  • At the conclusion of the investigation there will be a final communication from HR or ERIT.

What this does not address is feedback I have heard that people feel the process can often feel formal and that it can lack empathy. Please know that Brad and I hear that, and we are committed to learning and improving.

I know this topic is incredibly difficult, emotional and stressful for everyone involved. I hope this email provides more context and transparency on what Microsoft is doing and our commitment to continuously improve as we work to build the most inclusive culture where everyone can do their best work.  As always, feel free to reach out to me, HR, CELA or your leadership team with questions or suggestions.



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Microsoft announces quarterly dividend

Dividend of $0.42 per share payable in June

REDMOND, Wash. — March 12, 2018 — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.42 per share. The dividend is payable June 14, 2018, to shareholders of record on May 17, 2018. The ex-dividend date will be May 16, 2018.

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Kaby Lake CPU, Z170 mobo, 4GB DDR4, 650w Modular PSU

I have the following for sale (all items were purchased new on 15th January 2018 from Novatech):

Intel Celeron Dual Core G3930 2.90GHz Socket LGA1151 (Kaby Lake) Processor with Intel cooler : £22 – Sold to DBcoup

GIGABYTE GA-Z170-HD3P Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) ATX Motherboard – Kaby Lake Ready, will accept 7th Generation CPUs out the box – boxed as new – £45

Crucial 4GB (1x4GB) DDR4 PC4-17000 2133MHz Single Module – £25- Sold to DBcoup

Corsair CS650M…

Kaby Lake CPU, Z170 mobo, 4GB DDR4, 650w Modular PSU

Xiaomi Air 13 2018 version (intel i5 8250u)

Hey guys,

I’m selling my brand new Xiaomi laptop (2 weeks old).

This is the 2018 version (which I believe has been released 3 weeks ago or something like this) with the following specs:

Screen size: 13.3′
Resolution: 1920×1080
Processor: Intel i5-8250u (8th gen)
Graphics card: Nvidia MX150
RAM: 8GB DDR4 2400Mhz
Storage: SSD 256GB (Samsung PM961 NVMe SSD)
Backlit keyboard.

I’m selling it for two reasons:
– I had an old HP Pavillon touchpad that I wanted to replace (5 years old) which had…

Xiaomi Air 13 2018 version (intel i5 8250u)

Microsoft names Lindsay-Rae McIntyre Chief Diversity Officer

REDMOND, Wash. – Feb. 11, 2018 Microsoft Corp. has named Lindsay-Rae McIntyre as its next chief diversity officer (CDO). As CDO, McIntyre will implement and drive a multitude of existing cross-company initiatives to further Microsoft’s progress in building a diverse and inclusive culture. In addition to leading Microsoft’s efforts internally, McIntyre will also play a key role in building partnerships and working with leading organizations outside of Microsoft to help advance diversity and inclusion in the tech sector overall.

While transition timing has yet to be finalized, McIntyre will relocate to Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and report directly to Kathleen Hogan, Chief People Officer. 

Lindsay-Rae McIntyreMcIntyre joins Microsoft from IBM, where she spent over two decades serving as the HR leader for several business units over the years in key regions around the world. She most recently held the role of Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of HR, leading the diversity agenda globally for IBM, and heading up the corporate processes to identify and advance executive talent. Her work and that of her team’s has been acknowledged through a variety of prestigious diversity-related awards.

“Diversity enriches our performance and products as well as the communities where we live and work,” said Hogan.  “We have devoted substantial energy and resources to becoming a more diverse and inclusive company, and continuing our progress is central to our evolving culture at Microsoft.  With her extensive expertise, Lindsay-Rae will bring great perspective and leadership as we look to build on our strengths in this area.”

“I am excited to join Microsoft, a company that has not only adapted well to rapid change in the business landscape but elevated the standards of what we can expect in a technology provider when it comes to diversity and inclusion,” McIntyre said. “I look forward to advancing that agenda and contributing to the foundation Microsoft is building.”

McIntyre received a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar, and graduated from the Cross Continent MBA Program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

She has been a thought leader for topics ranging from supporting working mothers, creating great places to work for multicultural women, LGBTQ equality, paid leave, and flex time strategies. She is also an advocate for people with disabilities, was a teacher for the Deaf, and taught American Sign Language earlier in her career.

McIntyre has spent over 20 years in human resources in the technology industry, living and working throughout the U.S. and overseas. She and her husband Stephen have three small children. 

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Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Wanted – cheap 2gb card for daughters first htpc

Discussion in ‘Desktop Computer Classifieds’ started by The Eggman72, Feb 2, 2018 at 8:05 PM.

  1. As per title shes cobbled together some parts to build her first pc so looking for a cheap card for her shes saved her earned pocket money budget very limited (i dont pay great lol) £20 anyone got anything stuck in a draw ? will put a smile on her face tia.

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    how about an ATI 6550 1gb card?

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