Seattle Times, Under pressure, Microsoft fights to keep its workers.

Top technology talent no longer automatically heads to Microsoft. The company now contends with the gleam of Google and other competitors, as well as internal employment issues.

But Microsoft showed Thursday it won’t let practices that have stirred employee discontent get in the way of recruiting and keeping the best minds in computing.

They brought the towels back! :)

Though I would have liked if they would have brought the old ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Program) back. I don’t know if you remember, but only a few months after starting a blog post of mine was picked up by the Washington Post – Microsoft Masters the Art of the Cutback.

So, this time, I won’t post what I’m really thinking but I definitely think the changes made yesterday are a step in the right direction. However, only time will tell if it’s going to be enough, especially now that another boom (or bubble) is forming.

…Unfortunately even though today was Bike To Work day, the towel service won’t resume until Monday.

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