I recently left the Silverlight team. Silverlight is a great team to work for and I have tremendous confidence in the continued success of the product. However at this point in my career platform development doesn’t appeal to me very much. I’d rather be much higher up in the stack working on user-facing technology. To that end I’ve joined a research team that’s developing semantic web technology for Bing (among other things).
Unfortunately this will mean that I won’t be able to blog as much about what I’m doing because most of my work will be under NDA. I can say that it is very exciting though! If there’s one thing Microsoft does better than anyone it’s funding and productizing research (although there’s still room for improvement).
Working for the Silverlight team has been a real thrill. It was great to be able to fight for and contribute features to the platform that I cared about. I’m proud to have been a part of Silverlight 4 and I can’t wait to use it on my new team.