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Hello, Microsoft

Starting later this month, I’m going to be working for Microsoft – I just accepted a job on the Web Platform and Tools (WPT) team in the Developer Division. This is pretty exciting for me, as it means I’ll be able to directly focus my energy on pushing the MS web stack forwards, and will get to work with many of the very smart people who bring you technologies like ASP.NET and IIS.

In case I need to drop some names to clarify where I fit in, I’ll be somewhere many levels of management below ScottGu, and on the same team as Scott Hanselman.

Why do this?

I’m a web developer, so of course I’m personally motivated to make web development better! We all want our technologies to help us be more productive, solve bigger problems, and let us have more fun in the process, right? For someone who’s focused on the MS web stack for the last 7 years, where better to participate in the evolution of web development than inside Microsoft itself?

Well, that’s the big picture. On a more practical, immediate level I’m also keen to get involved with Developer Division’s leaning towards supporting open source development (e.g., notice that the NuGet project even accepts code contributions) and in advocating professional-grade development practices, whether they originate inside Microsoft or inside developer communities using any other technology platform.

A key part of WPT’s responsibility is to be aware of what developers want, and be sure we’re meeting your needs. As I find out what specific projects I’ll focus on, I’ll be asking for your feedback so I can reflect your views back into the collective product teams.

What changes, and what remains

  • This blog: It’s still mine and will continue.
  • Open source projects: The one I’m most actively working on is Knockout, an MVVM library for creating dynamic Web UIs. I’m still excited about this project and its potential, and it continues exactly as-is, and will evolve in whatever direction I and its user community wishes to take it. This isn’t a Microsoft product.
  • The Apress ASP.NET MVC book series: I’m discussing this with Apress at the moment. Hopefully we’ll get the excellent Adam Freeman to co-author the MVC 3 book, otherwise it might end up being very, very late… Thanks for all the enquiries about this – and no, we don’t have a publishing schedule yet.
  • Being an MVP: Shockingly, I’ll be dismissed from the MVP program, before I even got to go to my first MVP summit. Apparently this has happened to others before.
  • My location: I’ll be staying in the UK.

70 Responses to Hello, Microsoft

  1. Congratulations! While being ever-so-slightly jealous, I’m also really pleased that Microsoft are grabbing such talented people to build the next wave of things coming :)

  2. Hi Steve,
    Congrats. You will be a great asset for MS as well as community. Hope that you will work on ASP.NET MVC team

  3. SlavoF

    Congratulations! And it also win for Microsoft too ;)

    – s.

  4. Congratulations Steve, you have worked hard for this and it is well deserved. I echo Martin’s sentiments so glad MS are picking up guys like yourself.. Also glad to hear knockout wont be affected as I’m just starting to use it ;)

  5. Joe mills

    Congrats. I’m also happy to hear you are still developing knockout. I think its great as it is and has masses of potential – don’t let ms microsoftify it and over complicate things.

  6. Congratulations! That’s great news. I really like your books and I believe that Microsoft needs such talented persons :)

  7. Roy Jacobs

    Well done! It’s good to see MS keeping a strong web focus and getting the right people for the job :)

  8. Congratulations Steve!

    I, for one, would be very interested to hear about your experiences working remotely in the UK at a job in the US.

    I guess there are a lot of us in the UK who harbour a secret long-term ambition of working for Microsoft -specifically DevDiv – and your appointment suddenly makes it seem a lot more realistic.

  9. Jolly good Steve! Congratulations on your appointment. You are officially The Man :)

  10. Congrats, Steve!

    Wish you good luck at Microsoft, hope your effort really make existing web stack better :)

  11. Many congratulations Steve! This is great news for you, and also for UK devs to have a community member be involved with things at MS at this level. Shame about the MVP though – I was looking forward to catching up (and possibly having breakfast) with you at the conference

  12. Huge! Go get ‘em. Gimme MS Knockout Foundation :P

  13. Great news! You will make a good fit – hopefully your knockout project continues to grow and evolve

  14. Ross Neilson

    Very well done sir! Only surprised it has taken MS so long…

    I’m sure you will do well there and I wish you the very best of luck.

  15. Nick

    Whenever I talk about my favourite developers and respected professionals – Steve Sanderson is top of the list.

    I’m delighted for you that you have got this opportunity as I think you deserve it. I have often wondered if you would one day end up working for Microsoft.

    Secondly I’m happy that a man of your talents will be having input into the web frameworks that I use. I know that you look at other technologies and I know you have a massive in-depth knowledge of ASP.NET MVC.

    Congratulations.

  16. Stolo

    Congratulations Steve. That’s cool. MSFT is doing a lot of great stuff these days; it should be exciting. Good luck.

  17. Roland

    Congratulations! Your books about the MVC frameworks are so much good that Microsoft couldn’t ignore you ;)

    Keep up the good work and don’t forget to inform your readers of what’s going on ;)

  18. D0cNet

    Congrats Steve, You’ll be an invaluable assest to the team. No sweat the MVP stuff, better opps await.

  19. Phillip Jones

    Congratulations Steve. Please keep writing though. Your books an amongst the best I have read. I have learnt a great deal from them.

  20. I think we’re all happy to see someone with such talent and clarity participate in the evolution of our work tools.
    Congratulations (and also thank you for taking that job.)
    Now the big question is: Are you going to setup a Portal too (http://www.hanselman.com/blog/VirtualCamaraderieAPersistentVideoPortalForTheRemoteWorker.aspx)? :)

  21. Good luck at your new position. May be now you can start working on some new books…

  22. Congratulations Steve! Best of luck :)

  23. Eric

    Welcome aboard!

  24. StevenGoesToRedmonton

    Congrats! Make sure to keep your campaign promises of “making web development better”! :)

  25. Your books have been a great source for me. Congratulations on the move. I’m looking forward to you keeping MS pointed in the right direction!

  26. Steve,

    On the one hand, very happy for you! Congratulations.

    On the other, afraid we’re losing a gutsy, independent thinker to a bureaucracy.

    Either way, good luck!

  27. Congrats! Don’t let them work you to death :-)

  28. Joel Duvall

    Congratulations. I love the ideas you have implemented with knockout and have enjoyed interviews that you have given. I am excited that your talents will be at Microsoft helping moving the MS web stack forward.

  29. Joshua Sigar

    Please continue writing books. You’re my best author so far!

  30. Ryan Rivest

    Congratulations. Very well deserved. I think you’ll be a great contributor for the ASP.NET team.

  31. Congratulations Steve. I hope we will see you at DotNetDevNet meetings.

  32. Oh yes they’re harash about the summit. This year I joined a week before the summit …

    Mind you, my skip level manager looked after the MVPs I was part of, so I went along as a product group person :)

  33. Steven,

    Delighted to hear the news…very much enjoying your MVC books and TekPub series, and glad to hear that there will be an MVC 3 version of your book.

    I’m sure you will be a great asset to the WPT team, and looking forward to seeing the innovations you’ll help drive. Welcome to Microsoft!

  34. jdn

    Congrats, that’s great news.

  35. Vijay

    Congrats!
    but do blog frequently…:)

  36. Emmanuel Morales

    Congrats, you’re a great addition to the team!

  37. Congratulations Steve! Microsoft will be a better place with you there.

    Do keep writing – your MVC 2 (2nd Ed) book has been absolutely enlightening as I put together my startup company/app.

  38. Congratulations! I was always surprised that you hadn’t already been snapped up by MS to be honest.

    Looking forward to your future books. Your writing style is so accessible yet still so full of content – fantastic!

  39. Congratulations, what a fantastic opportunity!

  40. Congratulations, but it will be sad storry if your book series becomes abandoned!

  41. Congratulations, Good Luck and Have Fun!

  42. Mark McDonald

    Congratulations!

    Will you be remoting, heading to London, or coming to sunny Reading?

    Hopefully they let you have enough time to carry on your excellent posts. :D

  43. Steve,
    Congratulations!!!
    I do also hope that your book series will continue on. Now, you’ll have an even greater insight for micrsoft web frameworks.

    thanks for your hard work.
    Roma

  44. James Barrow

    Congratulations, and I look forward to the next version of the book, the current one is brilliant.

  45. Alan

    Congratulations, Steve!

    Absolutely brilliant – your dedication to your craft has paid off and now you have even more opportunity!

    Alan

  46. Charles Adewoye

    Congratulations, Steve!
    am so happy for you!

    Charles A.

  47. John Koziol

    Same thing happened to me; lost my MVP status in 2001 when I joined DevDiv. Congratulations, though, and think how much easier it’ll be to go to the Summit.

  48. Mike

    Big ups Steve – I really hope you get a chance to continue with the Knockout project – it’s one of the most exciting web development technologies I’ve come across in the last 5 years, along with ASP MVC, Rails, Azure and Silverlight.

  49. ms440

    You’re restoring my beliefs in MS.
    Congrats to you and to them!

    Please keep up with your books (I got both editions) AND WITH KNOCKOUT – the most exiting piece of technology I’ve seen in last couple years.

    Mike

  50. Brad W

    Awesome news! Love your Apress book “Pro Asp.net MVC”. It is very well written and helping me a lot.

  51. herry

    Congratulations!
    Bought your book and enjoyed it.
    Hope to hear more from you especially on ASP.NET MVC.

  52. Congratulations! It’s great to see Microsoft hiring so many great passionate people. I hope it allows you to increase your influence on the product and direction. Thanks for your contributions to the community!

  53. Belated congratulations! Having read your MVC book and seen your Tekpub videos on the subject, I would have hired you too if I was Microsoft!

  54. tc

    Congratulations, Microsoft is really lucky to have you.
    Hope you will continue to bring signifficant value there which will make us web developers benefit a lot.

  55. Congratulations Steve! You deserved it. I hope to see you in ASP.NET MVC team. I am reading your book “Pro ASP.NET MVC 2″. An awesome book that every ASP.NET MVC developer should have. I have two questions for you:

    1) What are your plans for Pro ASP.NET MVC 3? Have you begun work on it? Any release date in mind?

    2) Do you have a Twitter account?

  56. Nick

    Time to update the about page :)

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  58. Soheil Beygi

    Hi, Steve
    Congratulations! when i just heard i got so happy like i got the job.
    Also i want to mention about your very very good book about MVC, and i want to thank you for mentioning DDD and introducing me and us that how can we develop real-world applications in its better way.
    Good luck

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