9/4/2012--Redmond, WA, USA..Quinn Hawkins, community manager of "The Garage", opens the large garage doors for the room. The Garage is a Microsoft initiative to encourage innovation among employees, that helps incubate those side projects that employees want to work on but can only find time for at night and over weekends. The Garage gives workers access to tools such as a soldering bench, a laser cutter and a 3D printer. It offers instrumentation for testing prototypes. The Garage will host Web applications. But maybe most important, it connects workers to colleagues with similar interests or needed skills, something that can be challenge at a company with nearly 90,000 employees...©2012 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.