Not sure how I missed this news until now, but Joe Stagner mentions that Jesse Liberty, noted author, speaker, and technologist, has joined Microsoft! Jesse is now a Senior Program Manager on the Silverlight development team.
It turns out Jesse announced this a few weeks ago on his blog:
"As part of my job, I will be creating new avenues of communication about Silverlight, both here, and of course through sites and portals and who-knows-what-else at Microsoft. Stay tuned… much to come very quickly, I suspect."
Jesse has always been well respected for his excellent books, but he has also been a great contributor to the New England development community - frequently speaking at user group meetings and other events. That passion for community will be a great asset in his new role.
Welcome aboard, Jesse! Looking forward to what you'll be helping to drive with Silverlight.