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TECHWORKING: Microsoft Corp.

Monday, March 14, 2005; Page E05

Microsoft plans to hire about 19 people in the Washington area immediately. Al Horowitz, general manager of services for the U.S. public sector services division, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.

What does your division of Microsoft do?

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We provide office automation products and enterprise software for large organizations for enterprise messaging, server management, software distribution and database management software. We serve the U.S. federal government, state and local governments, and . . . education nationwide. We provide consulting and support services for these large customers.

What do you think your employees would say are the best reasons for working at your company?

We have a broad and deep impact with public-sector customers who are critical to the success and future of our country. We also have the opportunity to work with the brightest people in the industry.

What are the demographics of your company?

We are 75 percent male and 25 percent female. We don't release specific minority percentages as they are difficult to determine on a world-wide basis.

What positions do you have available, and what level of expertise do you want?

In our services organization we have two types of positions, one in consulting, where we're looking for senior consultants who are deep experts in our products and can provide architecture planning and design as well as consulting for enterprise customers. The second area is support, where we're looking for technical account managers and advisory support engineers who work directly with customers to support their enterprise. Many of these positions require security clearances. We're looking for people with deep Microsoft technical skills, a top-secret clearance or higher, and industry expertise.

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