Last Day at Microsoft

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Well, as I wrote before, today is my last day at Microsoft. Last night we had our office Holiday party in the observation deck and lounge of the Space Needle. The party was just fantastic and we were lucky to have a nice clear evening with spectacular views. What a great way to go!

I had a brief exit interview where I handed over my badge with an air of finality. However, I am still an employee until midnight tonight. So it’s not so final just yet. Which is a good thing as the NuGet team is working to deploy the new gallery tonight if all goes well. Once that’s been up for a few days and we’re comfortable with it being stable, we’ll release NuGet 1.6.


In the meanwhile, my office has been razed of all the good equipment including my crossbows that I bequeath to my co-workers that remain, much as they had been bequeathed unto me. Here, you can see a shot of my co-workers taking shots at me. Yes, that’s David Fowler of SignalR and JabbR fame, and Scott Hanselman, of the fivehead fame who needs no introduction.

I will miss working with all of my friends at Microsoft dearly, but seriously, I live 2 miles away, so don’t be a stranger all of a sudden. And to all of you who have supported me at Microsoft via comments on my blog, tweets on Twitter, and other encouraging means. Thank you!

But just because I’m leaving, that doesn’t mean you have to leave too. I’ll still be blogging here and tweeting on Twitter so do stick around as I begin my new journey at REDACTED GitHub!

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  1. Avatar for Rey Rahadian
    Rey Rahadian December 5th, 2011

    hey Phill, best of luck on your new job
    i'll be waiting for your next blog post

  2. Avatar for Damien Guard
    Damien Guard December 5th, 2011

    Hope you did a last raid on the Microsoft Employee Store to stock up on gear.
    Welcome to the outside world.
    We're happy to have you.

  3. Avatar for Chris Hardy
    Chris Hardy December 5th, 2011

    Can't wait to have you on board here at REDACTED!

    Everyone knows REDACTED is Xamarin... right?

  4. Avatar for Malcolm Sheridan
    Malcolm Sheridan December 5th, 2011

    Good luck with your new role Phil.
    @Chris Hardy
    I didn't know REDACTED was Xamarin.

  5. Avatar for CMike
    CMike December 5th, 2011

    REDACTED is Xamarin? I thought it was Google...

  6. Avatar for John Atten
    John Atten December 5th, 2011

    Congrats on a successful transition. Your blog and your tweets have been helpful/inspiring, here's to hoping you keep it up. I have been teachinig myself programming and development, and folks such as yourself and Fivehead contribute heavily to those of us who are unable to go to school.
    If, Indeed, Redacted = Xamarin, I can;t imagine a more exciting move.

  7. Avatar for Steve Sheldon
    Steve Sheldon December 5th, 2011

    I heard Xamarin is going to be porting COBOL.NET to the iPhone.

  8. Avatar for Jeff Putz
    Jeff Putz December 5th, 2011

    Word on the street is that you're going to... well... there's a word on the street. :)
    I joined MSA after I left, which is sweet for the continued access to the company store, as well as the discounted MSDN subscriptions (if you can't get it at work).
    It sucks that you can't keep your badge. In retrospect, I should have "lost" one while I was there!

  9. Avatar for Wyatt Barnett
    Wyatt Barnett December 5th, 2011

    Wow, didn't think Hanselman showed up in the office at all :)
    Thanks for everything you've done for us poor schubs writing code on these platforms. I wouldn't be doing anything new in .NET today if it weren't for MVC and NuGet.
    Best of luck at redacted

  10. Avatar for JcMalta
    JcMalta December 5th, 2011

    I have truly appreciated everything you have done over the years!
    ... but that's one man down ... if ScottHa(ha) or ScottGu leave, I'm selling my shares and gonna start Android dev!
    Wishing you all the best!

  11. Avatar for gerry lowry
    gerry lowry December 5th, 2011

    who will steer ASP.NET MVC 5-6-7-... through the evil empire?
    Yodaaaaaaaaaaaah! Phil needs the force.

  12. Avatar for Rob
    Rob December 5th, 2011

    I feel like a dope. I thought REDACTED was some company I had never heard of at first. Then I realized it meant removed. lol

  13. Avatar for john papa
    john papa December 5th, 2011

    Congrats on the new role Phil. I enjoyed meeting you and hope we run into each other again.

  14. Avatar for Jon Galloway
    Jon Galloway December 5th, 2011

    Phil, it's been great working with you over the past couple years. Congrats on shipping 3.35 versions of my favorite web framework, and best of luck in the next big thing!

  15. Avatar for Eber I
    Eber I December 5th, 2011

    congrats Phil, and thank you for the great Job at MS

  16. Avatar for Fırat Esmer
    Fırat Esmer December 5th, 2011

    I will miss your posts Phil. Nice picture btw :)

  17. Avatar for Chanva
    Chanva December 5th, 2011

    Good lucky.

  18. Avatar for Daniel marbach
    Daniel marbach December 5th, 2011

    rOFL. Had the same problem! Thought damn why doesn't google find this company until I realized...

  19. Avatar for Christian Hedemann Olsen
    Christian Hedemann Olsen December 5th, 2011

    Good luck with the new adventures..
    I guess we are many who are restless until we are assured that Microsoft will continue the high pace of MVC development, if possible :-), without you.

  20. Avatar for Thiru
    Thiru December 5th, 2011

    All the best for your future job.

  21. Avatar for John
    John December 5th, 2011

    Congrats, Phil and best of luck. I've not hear of Redacted before, I'm assuming it must be a very cool place though if they've convinced you to jump board!

  22. Avatar for Jitendra Singh
    Jitendra Singh December 5th, 2011

    Good Luck and All the Best for new venture.
    Its really good to do something different but i feel a bit sad as i am continuous visitor of your blog to gain MS related knowledge.
    I hope you must be active on new MS things and update us like you are doing since long.

  23. Avatar for Michael Crump
    Michael Crump December 6th, 2011

    Congrats, Phil and the best of luck in your new role. I know you will succeed in anything that you do. Just don't forget us little guys on the way up. :)

  24. Avatar for Philip Holly
    Philip Holly December 6th, 2011

    Ever since I read Sitepoint's ASP.NET 2.0 Anthology I started following all you guys. Love your posts and what you have done at MS with MVC, Nuget, and probably other things I haven't followed as closely. Am I the only one still in the dark...what company are you going to?

  25. Avatar for Deepak @ MCX Today
    Deepak @ MCX Today December 6th, 2011

    i hope so it gone well

  26. Avatar for Facturation en ligne - iFactur
    Facturation en ligne - iFactur December 7th, 2011

    Thank you Phil for all the good work you did at Microsoft especially the work done on ASP.NET MVC which gave a LOT of fun on ASP.NET coding.
    Don't worry I'll keep reading your blog even if it is talking about other technologies.

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    Bill Gates December 7th, 2011


  28. Avatar for Eric Schmidt
    Eric Schmidt December 8th, 2011

    Welcome to Google.

  29. Avatar for Lakshminarayanan.R
    Lakshminarayanan.R December 10th, 2011

    All the best Phil!
    By the way...what would happen to MVC's next versions? Who is going to lead?

  30. Avatar for brian
    brian December 20th, 2011