Microsoft’s new lab, “The Garage” was created in 2009 to help employees work on cool new projects in their spare time. A few really cool things have come out from it so far. Of course they are coming up with some really nice stuff – their motto is “Do epic shit!”. And they live up to that motto. Well done, Microsoft. You’re becoming cool again. You’re employees are awesome, and have some great ideas. Letting them have the resources to realize those ideas is great.
The project is successfully breaking Microsoft’s usual patterns. Every day, the Garage is filled with people who just want to fool around with stuff. It also puts on structured events that give employees the chance to work on side projects straight through until they’re ready to be presented.