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Building 7: A New Theory

October 10, 2010 1 comment

There Are 10 Types of People in the World: Those Who Understand Binary, and Those Who Don’t. – Someone

For as long as I can remember there have been multiple theories on why there is no building 7 on Microsoft’s Redmond campus.  Theories range from shifts in building size using up too much ground to a change in technology used in the foundations.  Regardless of the reason, sending interns over to building 7 to pick up their card key is one long tradition that will live on.  I tend to schedule most of my Friday afternoon meetings there (especially if the sun is shining).

In a recent trek across campus to the “other side” of 520 I decided to visit the real building 7.  A building which not only will put most of the theories to rest, but also a building that will excite the inner geek inside every employee.  The facility is 100% made up of binary numbering schemes (excuse me make that 1100100 percent).

Presenting building 7…


Horizontally aligned with the main campus and neatly located right above building 6 and below building 8. 

Building Map

Inside the building…    The tour starts at the entrance to reception.  If you are here before hours you will need a card key to gain access.   Once inside the building you can easily find where you are going by following the signs on the walls. 


This building can be tricky as all the rooms numbers are binary!


Microsoft facilities left out no detail, the lockers in the bathroom on the main floor also follow the standard pattern (that would be zeros and ones).


If you do visit building 7 please pay close attention to signs.  Once you are within about 100001 yards (that would be 100 decimal feet) traffic quickly slows to a mere 2mph.


What’s Next?

Bill has a lake named after him, Microsoft has the largest underground parking garage in the US and you have learned that there really is a building 7 (and that it is totally binary) – What more do you want???

Stay tuned next time as we enter the world of the new Hexadecimal Campus where not only do you need to think about the A, B, Cs of finding your way to the Café but you also get issued a retro style TI calculator to help with scheduling and interop with Outlook 2010.  Office 7df will natively support Hexadecimal.

IMG_5588        TI-68-2-S

* Please note that employees do not get real TI calculators.  Rather there is an app in the Windows Phone Marketplace that does a pretty good job emulating the scientific calculator.