Staff Spotlight: Alex Smith

| MSNE Staff

Alex_SmithTomorrow, April 24 is Alex’s 6-year Microsoft anniversary! Congrats!!

Name: Alex Smith

Hometown: Wellesley, MA

Job: Senior Premier Field Engineer, Enterprise Search

Years at MSFT: 6 years, as of April 24

Favorite restaurant in Boston: Anything in my home neighborhood, Washington Square in Brookline: Publick House, Fairsted Kitchen, The Abbey, and I really want to try Ribelle.

Last thing you Binged: “max visible pixel density chart” because I’m a geek, and always looking at new gadgets.

Something cool you’ve worked on recently: I organized a technical training summit in Cambridge for my team. We had technical training sessions and dry runs for people who were preparing sessions for the SharePoint conference.

What inspires you about tech? That technology doesn’t do anything by itself, but it enables and amplifies whatever it is you want to do. Working with software is especially rewarding because of the range of problems you can solve.

What problem would you like to see technology solve? I think virtual assistants like Cortana and Siri will be very big in the coming years. Enough computing power is now available to start doing surprising and delightful things with them.  Then, as people start to use them more, they will start improving exponentially.

Check out Alex’s technical blog here!

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