Weirdly, it's exactly four years since I joined Microsoft in the UK as an ADC (Application Development Consultant). Spooky then, that this should be my last day as an ADC and working for Microsoft Services. Without a doubt the last four years has been the best and some of the most enjoyable of my career, with my proudest moment being in November 2009 when I was lucky enough to win the title of Systems Developer of the year at the UK IT Industry Awards organised by the BCS and Computing Magazine.
I was even interviewed by Computing Magazine as part of a follow up story which, embarrassingly for me, you can read here
It was a very short interview and therefore I probably shouldn't have been surprised to feel somewhat misquoted. But I did (especially the bit about my work with the open source community) - I remember how this particular sentence stood out to me: '“I don't intend to leave Microsoft, but I do plan to work with them in the US in the future and this accolade makes all the difference,” he says.'
At the time it was just an answer to a direct question about whether I planned to leave Microsoft. A passing comment that I didn't take all that seriously. Weird then that this is exactly why today is my last day working for Microsoft UK, as I start work for Microsoft US as a Program Manager on Monday working with the Workflow team.
As you can imagine, I'm pretty excited about getting my teeth into actually shaping the pieces that developers use. I'm hoping to take my experience from the field and use it to help improve the experience and productivity of all the people I've been working with for the last four years, and hopefully many more (I'm very keen to continue with customer interaction so if you work with Workflow - I want to hear from you, if you don't - I want to know why).
However, on the flip side I'm sad to be leaving a team packed with the brightest minds I've ever had the pleasure of working with, many of whom I still regard amongst my closest friends. It was a blast - thanks guys.
PS - The ADM team in the UK are hiring. If you want to work with that fabulous team drop me a line.
19 Nov 2010
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Luciano Evaristo Guerche (Gorše)
20 Nov 2010
Congratulations and thanks for helping us have our WPF + MMVM done.
25 Nov 2010
Good luck JT. I'll hold my feature requests until you're stateside! :)
25 Nov 2010
22 Jan 2011
Well done Josh! I couldn't think of a better person for the job. All the best to you and your family in the future.
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