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We listen and learn from the world around us

“Our ‘growth mindset’ culture lets us try amazing things; we are innovating like crazy right now.”
— Jennifer, Principal Developer Evangelist, Machine Learning


Unleashing unlimited potential 
“Change is uncomfortable. But if you're comfortable, something is wrong – you're not pushing hard enough.”
—Julia, Corporate Vice President, Cloud Platform
Brandon, Motion Designer
“I have the privilege of being able to experiment, think outside the box, and solve problems—designing ways to help people be productive.”
—Brandon, Motion Designer

Our cultural attributes 


We will only achieve our mission if we live our culture. We start with becoming learners in all things—having a growth mindset. Then we apply that mindset to learning about our customers, being diverse and inclusive, working together as one, and—ultimately—making a difference in the world.

Growth mindset


We fundamentally believe that we need a culture founded in a growth mindset. It starts with a belief that everyone can grow and develop; that potential is nurtured, not pre-determined; and that anyone can change their mindset.

We need to be always learning and insatiably curious. We need to be willing to lean in to uncertainty, take risks and move quickly when we make mistakes, recognizing failure happens along the way to mastery. And we need to be open to the ideas of others, where the success of others does not diminish our own.

Customer obsessed 

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We will learn about our customers and their businesses with a beginner’s mind and then bring solutions that meet their needs. We will be insatiable in our desire to learn from the outside and bring it into Microsoft, while still innovating to surprise and delight our users.

Diverse & inclusive 


The world is diverse. We will better serve everyone on the planet by representing everyone on the planet. We will be open to learning our own biases and changing our behaviors, so we can tap into the collective power of everyone at Microsoft. We don’t just value differences, we seek them out, we invite them in. And as a result, our ideas are better, our products are better, and our customers are better served. 

One Microsoft 


We are a family of individuals united by a single, shared mission. It’s our ability to work together that makes our dreams believable and, ultimately, achievable. We will build on the ideas of others and collaborate across boundaries to bring the best of Microsoft to our customers as one. We are proud to be part of team Microsoft.

Making a difference 


If we commit to being customer obsessed, becoming more diverse and inclusive, and operating as One Microsoft, we will achieve our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet. Beyond that, we will make a difference and find deep meaning in our work. We stand in awe of what humans dare to achieve and are motivated every day to empower others to do more and achieve more through our technology and innovation.

Culture transformation takes time, teamwork and technology >

Giving is part of who we are

Microsoft employees are passionate about giving time, money, and skills to address the issues facing our world. Giving is ingrained in our culture—it’s how we live our mission to empower every person on the planet to achieve more.
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We’re dedicated to diversity

We don’t just value difference, we seek them out and invite them in. We bring together people from across the globe and different walks of life—then support them with 40 different employee networks and seven global employee resource groups.