Windows 10 Team Profile
To give you even more insight into Windows 10, we’d like to introduce you to some of the people on our team and how they support the platform – and Windows Insiders like you. We’ll feature team profiles on an ongoing basis here in the Hub.
Title: Senior Program Manager of Awesomeness
What is the one word that describes how you work: Passionately.
How many years at Microsoft: 7 years and 1 month.
Where did you grow up? I'm native to the Pacific Northwest and grew up in a small town outside of Portland, OR.
Describe your role with Microsoft and the Windows Insider Program
I am responsible for pulling together all kinds of content for Windows Insiders that appear in blog posts on the Windows Blog and in the Insider Hub! For example - I work to pull together what's new in any builds we flight to Windows Insiders.
What technologies do you work on?
I don't really work on a specific "technology" - I am mostly content focused.
What’s your favorite feature on Windows 10?
I absolutely LOVE Start with Cortana. With Live tiles, I can pull up Start at any given moment while working at my PC to see what's going on with the news or weather or any tweets I may have missed. And Cortana gives me the ability to quickly access information too that I need throughout my day.
What’s your favorite app?
I'm a news junkie and really love the USA Today app for Windows 10. I heavily use the app on all my Windows 10 PCs and on my Lumia 950! The Twitter app for Windows 10 is a close second place favorite!
Describe one of your favorite experiences with the Insider community
I have too many favorite experiences to be able to just name one. I did use the Microsoft Translator app for Windows 10 to interact with a Windows Insider from Portugal the other day in Portuguese which was very cool! Windows Insiders are "my people" as our biggest fans of Windows and I am such a big fan of Windows too!
Without your phone or computer, what gadgets can't you live without and why?
My Leica T camera because I love taking photos.
What is your current work setup?
I've got a HP Z400 workstation that's got some pretty beefy specs with a 34-inch ultra-widescreen Dell monitor and then a Alienware Alpha PC I use for testing among some laptops like the Dell XPS 13 and HP Spectre X360 along with a few Surfaces.
What is your twitter or social media they can be reached at?
I am @brandonleblanc on Twitter.
What is your most memorable moment at Microsoft?
When Terry Myerson took the stage on September 30th, 2014 and unveiled Windows 10.
What is your favorite food or restaurant?
I can put down a serious amount of sushi.
What is your favorite book or book you are currently reading?
I read all the latest Batman comics from DC Comics.
What do you do outside of work?
Geek out on new technology.