For the past two years, I’ve been working to improve developer community here at Microsoft. We’ve seen some pretty great times–the forums continue to grow at a huge rate, we released several open sourced power toys, and we’ve seen a change in culture here in Developer Division to be even more customer focused. People get community, and that’s exciting to me. We’ve seen some pretty frustrating times as well, but I don’t want to dwell on those.
First, I’d like to thank everyone here at Microsoft for the absolutely awesome experience I’ve had for the past two years. Seeing “the empire” from the inside was a great experience…one I’d recommend to any college graduate. In particular, I’d like to thank my team–it’s been a pleasure working with all of you, and work just wouldn’t have been that much fun had we not been the loudest hallway at Microsoft. 🙂
I’d also like to thank the community–particularly the MSDN Forums moderators. You were great to deal with, understanding, very patient, and also kept us moving in the right direction. I know that at times, it’s painful to not know that things are moving in the right direction, but I can say with confidence that your continual push has been a great influence.
Where to next, you may ask? I’m heading off to Telligent Systems, the creator, among other things, of the great community web platform “Community Server” (which runs this blog site, among many others.) So…I’m still going to be in the online community space.
Interested in keeping up with my blog? I’m running a Community Server-based blog on my own hosting at: http://whostheboss.net. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you over there!
See you all soon!