1996 to 2012 – still no evidence… I give up!

In 1996 I was happily working on large Unix applications when I was approached by Microsoft to join a brand new European arm of the (then famous – apparently) Microsoft US Developer Relations Group as something called a “Technical Evangelist” (Which incidentally caused all sorts of problems when I put that down on a mortgage application form the same year!)

My plan was simple.

  • Join for two years.
  • Use those two years to “understand the enemy”
  • Get insider confirmation of just how sucky Windows really was and how arrogant all those Microsoft folks were.
  • Once this was done I could then get back to my beloved Unix for development and Apple Macintosh for design and fun.

Well, after nearly 16 years I have given up looking.

The people are lovely – smart and caring. The technology is competent and some of it is fantastic. Yes I did find some sucky technology and even had to evangelise the merits of some (but even Entity Framework 1.0 blossomed in time)  – but overall Microsoft makes great stuff.

I therefore give up 🙂 Mission aborted.

I have decided it is time to leave Microsoft and spend the beginning of 2013 with family before working out what to do next. I’m sure whatever I do it will be fun – and definitely different to the last 16 years 🙂 Oh – and it will be “up north” as I’ve moved from sunny Bath to chilly North Yorkshire. We had snow today!

An enormous thank you to everybody I ever met, presented to, advised, sort advice from, drank with, ate with, slept with (Mike T knows what I mean there).  I have been incredibly lucky to have worked with and met so many smart people. I could list them… but I have my tea waiting downstairs…

Take care all

P.S. I’m still working for Microsoft through December…

13 thoughts on “1996 to 2012 – still no evidence… I give up!

  1. Sorry to hear you’re leaving Microsoft Eric but I’m sure lots of new challenges await. Maybe back to unix but this time on Azure 🙂 best of luck for the future. Richard

  2. Wish you all the best in the future Eric, its been a pleasure following your blog, I’ve learnt a tremendous amount in particular from the excellent six-weeks-of-azure earlier this year. Good to see you have moved back up North, who needs all that sunshine 🙂

  3. Sorry to see you go. Have attended many of your talks at TVP and around over the years. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

  4. Eric is one of the true stars of this industry – unfailingly frank and direct, caring and wise, smart enough to make a true difference, but honest enough to not try and spin his way out of a situation. I will truly miss his impact, as will many, and wish him the very best for whatever is next. Good luck, Eric!

  5. Eric …. you’ll be missed. I wish you the best of luck with whatever you move onto next. It is a shame we never got to work together more at DPE….. PS: Thanks for the job! 🙂

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