NOTE: This is a personal blog post. If you usually come here for technical content, please feel free to skip this one
Change is wonderful. I have this deal with myself where I evaluate where I am in my career and personal life every 2 years. Sometimes, this evaluation leads me to a new career path but most times it just re-energizes me to go and work even harder at whatever I’m doing at the time. Well, it’s time for another one of those events and this time I’ve decided to leave Microsoft and go pursue a different path.
I love Microsoft and I am very very proud of the products I’ve been part of over my 9 year career here. I started working in Microsoft consulting services selling and educating customers about our products. Implementing solutions based on Microsoft technology. If you’ve ever had freight shipped to you on a Norfolk Southern train you’re indirectly using technology my team built. If you’ve ever had Coca Cola we were part of the bottling process in some small way. I also worked on the team that shipped SQL Server 2012, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8,1 and most recently of course Windows 10. I know how unbelievably lucky I am to have had these opportunities and for that I am grateful.
Microsoft gave me the opportunity to be a consultant, a developer and a program manager. Microsoft also helped me achieve my life long dream of coming to the United States and building a career in this fine country. For those reasons and because I firmly believe in Satya’s vision I remain fully invested in Microsoft’s future. In fact, I just bought a house in Redmond which is pretty much a Microsoft town. So in some sense my fate is now even more tied to Microsoft than it was before. Oh, and I already pre-ordered a Surface Book 🙂
As far as this blog is concerned, not much will change. I will continue blogging and talking about Windows 10. There’s a LOT of stuff we built into it that still needs discussion and Windows 10 will go to places and do things in the future that will make it even more valuable to be a Windows developer. I’ll still be a Microsoft/Windows fanboy. Only now, it’ll be from the outside.
P.S.: You would not believe how long I spent coming up with a title for this post. In fact, I might still change it. That’s what’s so wonderful about electronic publishing (that’s blogging for you young ‘uns).
Now, for your viewing pleasure, a picture of me looking mock sad as I leave Microsoft and hand over my credentials:
Finally, the email I sent my colleagues at Microsoft: