Many people think that Microsoft does all of its product development up in Redmond, Washington. Not true. There are several other locations where the MS products you know and love (well, you probably know them at least ) are made. One of the largest locations is right here in Silicon Valley. It's known as the Silicon Valley Campus, or just SVC.
Groups located down here include:
The cache is located at N37 2A.BCD W122 0E.FGH.
- Microsoft TV
- MSN TV (the successor to WebTV)
- Xbox (most of this is based in Redmond, though)
To determine the actual coordinates of the cache, you'll need to learn a little more about the campus and some of the companies that are the ancestors of the groups here.
A: Showing great foresight, Microsoft bought the company that made Powerpoint quite a while ago. The name of the company makes you think of a number. That number is A.
B: Microsoft bought the company that made Powerpoint in the eighties. The last digit of the year in which they purchased the company is B.
C: One of the founders of WebTV (and a really wonderful guy) died at a tragically young age not long ago. The last digit of the year he died is C.
D: WebTV Networks was purchased for XYZ million dollars.
D = X + Y + Z - 3.
E: Microsoft established its Bay Area Research Center in 19XY. (Note that I am not referring to Microsoft Research Silicon Valley here.)
E = X - Y.
F: F is the fourth digit of the zip code of the Silicon Valley Campus.
G: The street number of the main street address of the Silicon Valley Campus is WXYZ.
G = Y - Z - W.
H: The Silicon Valley Campus opened in 19XY.
H = X - Y.
Happy googling! If you're feeling adventurous, you could even try searching for the answers on Microsoft's new search engine: search.msn.com.
[4/16/05 -- Sounds this one is harder to find than I expected, so I added a bit of a hint.]
[4/18/05 -- More of a hint on the final location. This one isn't supposed to be that hard.]