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…

26 Responses to “Moving to Microsoft”

  1. ian bullon 16 Jul 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks for everything Jeff. Best of luck.

  2. Chris Aniszczykon 16 Jul 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Congrats Jeff, Microsoft is extremely lucky to have you!

    Are you moving to the states!?

  3. jeffon 16 Jul 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Yup. Moving to Seattle/Redmond. Less snow, more rain, more ocean, more mountains. Should be good.

  4. ekkeon 16 Jul 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I always enjoyed your keynotes, sessions, workshops and of course the books. (OSGi and Equinox per ex. is an excellent book for newbies and experienced developers)
    …wish you the best

  5. Alex Blewitton 17 Jul 2011 at 1:39 am

    Good luck in the new role, Jeff!

  6. Mustafa K. Isikon 17 Jul 2011 at 2:44 am

    That sounds excellent, Jeff. All the best for your new gig :)

  7. Eike Stepperon 17 Jul 2011 at 3:35 am

    Good luck, Jeff! And say hi to Bill :P

  8. Rafael Chaveson 17 Jul 2011 at 3:40 am

    Wow. Those guys at MS may be on to something…

    Best of luck!

  9. Lars Vogelon 17 Jul 2011 at 5:04 am

    Thanks Jeff for all the hard work. Enjoy your new role.

  10. Pascal Rapicaulton 17 Jul 2011 at 6:54 am

    Best of luck, thx for those fun years.

  11. BJ Hargraveon 17 Jul 2011 at 9:02 am

    Enjoy! Best of luck on the move.

  12. Kim Moiron 17 Jul 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Wow, congratulations Jeff. Thanks for all your contributions and sage advice over the years. Good luck with the move!

  13. Boris Bokowskion 17 Jul 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Congratulations, and best of luck at Microsoft!

  14. Luís Carlos Moreira da Costaon 17 Jul 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Success, Jeff

  15. Simon Kaegion 17 Jul 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Sounds like a fun new challenge and bet you guys will really like life on the west coast. Best of luck Jeff and hope to see you again soon.

  16. Thomas Hallgrenon 18 Jul 2011 at 3:25 am

    Congratulations to your new position. This is a big loss, not just for Eclipse but for the open source community as a whole. Well, unless you manage to convince Microsoft that OS is the way forward of course ;-)

  17. Tim Ellisonon 18 Jul 2011 at 7:14 am

    Congratulations on your new job! Best wishes to the family too, hope the move goes well.

  18. Darin Swansonon 18 Jul 2011 at 7:55 am

    Congratulations!
    When you get tired of the rain, come down and visit us in Portland :-)

  19. Ian Skerretton 18 Jul 2011 at 7:58 am

    Congratulations on the new job and the move to Seattle. It sounds like a lot of fun!

  20. Glyn Normingtonon 18 Jul 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Congratulations and I hope the new job brings lots of new challenges and excitement! Thanks for your leadership of the RT PMC, your work on Equinox and OSGi, and your mentoring of Virgo.

  21. Sonia Dimitrovon 19 Jul 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I feel really fortunate to have worked with you Jeff. All the best to you and your family, enjoy Seattle!

  22. Denis Royon 20 Jul 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Congratulations, Jeff! Thank you for everything you’ve done for Eclipse!

  23. Wassim Melhemon 22 Jul 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Released for good behavior! :) Congratulations and come to Dubai!

  24. Tonny Madsenon 02 Aug 2011 at 8:17 am

    Good luck with the new job. I hope you ill have as much fun with the new job as with the old…

  25. Tim Diekmannon 02 Aug 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Congratulations and best of luck. Hope to see you around some time.

  26. Jean Bezivinon 01 Sep 2011 at 11:46 pm

    All the best Jeff. Have a nice time in Seattle. Great people there.

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