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? 😉