My new job
Two years ago on this very date of June 20th, I started my first day here at Microsoft. It was an exciting day, it was just new employee orientation, but it was my first job in a technical company with more than 20 employees. I was hired on to become the newest web developer on the coolest Microsoft site known as Channel 9. My manager was Jeff Sandquist and my teammates were Charles Torre and Robert Scoble.
A lot has happened since then.
- Aug 25th – Ch9 welcomed a new design
- Sep 13th – PDC2005 – debut of the inflatable 9 guy
- Sep 13th – MicrosoftGadgets launches as a blog
- Oct 13th – Clipster was launched on Ch9
- Oct 26th – Erik Porter joins the Ch9 team
- Nov 1st – MicrosoftGadgets gains forums and a gallery
- Dec 2nd – Shows are added to Ch9
- Dec 22nd – MicrosoftGadgets gains user tagging and Ajax interface
- Jan 18th – Duncan Mackenzie joins the team
- Mar 13th – Channel 10 goes live
- Mar 21st – MIX06 happens
- Apr 20th – Channel 10 party in Second Life
- May 4th – Channel 10 is redesigned and adds new features
- Jun 1st – Starbucks Interactive Cup Brewer appears in the break room
- Jun 10th – Scoble announces he’s leaving Microsoft
- Jun 19th – Sampy joins the team
- July 19th – Channel 10 gets a major update
- Sep 21st – Ch10 update and we prep the code for multiple site usage
- Sep 25th – Rory joins Ch9
- Nov 6th – VisitMIX goes live
- Nov 13th – The great Flat vs threaded debate on Ch9 culminates
- Dec 4th – 9 Guy first appears in Silverlight
- Jan 3rd – VisitMIX update
- Feb – I drew a lot on the whiteboard
- Mar 9th – REMIX contest goes live
- Mar 19th – SCRUM happens
- Apr 23rd – David Shadle joins the team
- Apr 30th – MIX07 happens
- Jun 7th – Ch9 v4 beta goes live
- Jun 20th – I announce my job
Now that we’ve gone through that short highlight reel, let me continue with the news. First off, no I am not leaving Microsoft. I am actually not even going that far. Same building and most likely same office for awhile.
I will be joining the Client Platform Evangelism Team led by Tim Sneath and my focus will be Silverlight and WPF. If you know anything about me, you know that I will be in heaven spending my days engrossed in these two technologies.
I would like to thank Jeff, Tim, Steve and Ray for their help in making this move smooth and possible.