Blog Post #2500 and A Change of Scene

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Today’s one of those ‘mixed emotion’ days in that I’m both happy and a little sad to be writing that I have reached my 2500th blog post and it coincides with me moving on from my role at Microsoft after almost 20 years with the company.

I joined Microsoft in late 2000 with 10 years of software development under my belt and I can remember being very unsure whether I’d make it through that tricky first few months but the endless cycle of new technology soon got a grip of me and those months quickly turned into years and decades.

A couple of years later, in 2003, I started to experiment with this blog site and, once again, time has raced on and I find myself posting blog entry number 2500 after sixteen years writing on a wide variety of technical topics which span from the SPV Smartphone to HoloLens 2.

In 2000, I was hired into developer consultancy, working mostly behind closed doors to help UK software vendors build on the Microsoft platform.

Then, around 2005, I made a move into developer advocacy and had a lot of fun more publicly communicating Microsoft’s innovations across development languages, frameworks, tools and platforms. Those years coincided with a lot more posts to this site and to others.

In more recent times, I woke up one day to find myself in a new work group with a mission to directly engage on development projects alongside customers/partners – the Commercial Software Engineering group.

On the upside, the promise was that I could continue to code for HoloLens 2 and the Azure Mixed Reality Cloud and that would have been great to continue. In reality, finding projects to work on proved to be a challenge and I felt that my time wasn’t being well used and that led to me deciding to move on.

Microsoft has been a great home to me and, over my time, I’ve been lucky to work with a tremendous set of colleagues and to make a huge set of new friends from among the broad communities that form Microsoft’s customers, partners and the wider ecosystem.

I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ for reading these posts, coming along to events, watching videos, coding with me on projects and generally being part of my journey and I hope that I’ll catch up with some of you further on up the road as I move into the community of Microsoft alumni.

Now, with all that said, does anyone know how I pay for an Office365 subscription? 😉

17 thoughts on “Blog Post #2500 and A Change of Scene

  1. We are going to miss you Mike! Looking forward to the next time we can run into each other!

  2. The detailed journey you left behind on this blog when tinkering with Microsoft technology will remain a testament to the blood, sweat and tears you put into it. I know many of us will miss your work, our learning from it and sincerely appreciate it. May your future endeavors bring you great joy, satisfaction and success.

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  4. Thanks Mike,

    I’ve been attending events that you’ve been giving since the .Net Roadshow in Newport for the beta version of .Net V1 and reading these blogs and tutorials.
    I appreciate your clarity of explanations and clear communication of complex technologies in a way that meant I was able to understand it.


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