on Jul 16th, 2011Moving to Microsoft
I’m very pleased to announce that I am joining Microsoft to help drive the architecture and forward vision for Visual Studio Pro. This is a very challenging role that underpins a product line spanning development for mobile, Xbox, Windows, server and cloud deployment. I’ll be building on my Eclipse experience, learning a whole raft of new technologies, and helping drive Visual Studio towards the next generation of development environments and platforms. Very cool!
Of course, this move means my focus will shift away from Eclipse. It’s been over 11 years of fun, learning, and great people. In that time the community and the technology have grown from a fledgeling open source Java IDE focus into a world-leading Java technology conglomerate spanning from runtimes to modelling to tools and beyond. I continue to believe in the power and potential of Eclipse.
Looking back, I have hacked tons of code, led teams, started projects, evangelized new directions, written books, explored business models, and generally had a great time. The software we created is used on space missions, bank servers, autonomous salt harvesters, a vast number of developer desktops, and countless applications about which we know nothing. I never would have dared dream all that when we started. It has been my honour and privilege to work with such a distinguished group of people and have such an impact on the world of computing. Thank you all for your contributions and camaraderie.
Of course, I reserve the right to show up at various Eclipse events and share a frosty beverage or two, find out what’s happening at Eclipse and talk about the things happening at Microsoft. Who knows, maybe there will even be some collaboration?! See you around…