Niall leaves Microsoft

Niall Kennedy leaves Microsoft, he announced today on his blog. That’s a bummer. Microsoft needs more Web natives, not fewer. Reading his blog today I’m left saddened, especially since Niall was hired to make an RSS synchronization platform. Good news for NewsGator, though, since NewsGator already has a decent synchronization platform.

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  1. Robert, curious what you think about what Niall mentioned in the exit interview about splitting Microsoft up in to multiple specialized companies?

  2. Robert, curious what you think about what Niall mentioned in the exit interview about splitting Microsoft up in to multiple specialized companies?

  3. VW: Is there any way you could have foreseen that?
    Niall: Not really.

    It was obvious from 10,000 miles out that this was just Ray Ozzie Google-copycat-up bluff-up vaporware. But from the company that can’t move Vista an inch? The die was cast before he was even hired. Couldn’t have forseen? Blind as a headless bat and cripsy french-fried for buying into the usual overmicrowaved Microsoft-styled Web 2.0 hype, then.

  4. VW: Is there any way you could have foreseen that?
    Niall: Not really.

    It was obvious from 10,000 miles out that this was just Ray Ozzie Google-copycat-up bluff-up vaporware. But from the company that can’t move Vista an inch? The die was cast before he was even hired. Couldn’t have forseen? Blind as a headless bat and cripsy french-fried for buying into the usual overmicrowaved Microsoft-styled Web 2.0 hype, then.

  5. 10,000 people joined Microsoft this year while three notable people (Scoble, Niall, Gondotra)left to pursue other interests. Good luck to Niall! He is a great young guy and has a bright future ahead of him. Niall joined Microsoft in April and is leaving August 18th, so he really didn’t give it much of a chance. But I understand the burning desire to do a startup…and do it fast before someone else does.

    Robert, we miss you and Vic, and will mis Niall too. But Microsoft will do just fine. There are 70,000 talented people at Microsoft. They wouldn’t miss me if I left either. That is the good and the bad of working for a large successful company.

    Windows Live will be great. Ray Ozzie and teams of talented people are busy building some amazing new tools. There are lots of stars on the Windows Live team. Niall will be missed but everyone else will carry on.

    I have seen both sides. I worked on the management team of five startups, notably AltaVista, Napster, and Groove Networks. It was a blast! Working for Microsoft is a blast too. I love my job. Working with VCs and startups to build partnerships with Microsoft is what I love to do. On the other hand, if I was stuck in the bowels of a product group in Redmond and couldn’t bring my ideas to fruition quickly…I would probably move on too.

    Good luck to all of you!

    Don Dodge

  6. 10,000 people joined Microsoft this year while three notable people (Scoble, Niall, Gondotra)left to pursue other interests. Good luck to Niall! He is a great young guy and has a bright future ahead of him. Niall joined Microsoft in April and is leaving August 18th, so he really didn’t give it much of a chance. But I understand the burning desire to do a startup…and do it fast before someone else does.

    Robert, we miss you and Vic, and will mis Niall too. But Microsoft will do just fine. There are 70,000 talented people at Microsoft. They wouldn’t miss me if I left either. That is the good and the bad of working for a large successful company.

    Windows Live will be great. Ray Ozzie and teams of talented people are busy building some amazing new tools. There are lots of stars on the Windows Live team. Niall will be missed but everyone else will carry on.

    I have seen both sides. I worked on the management team of five startups, notably AltaVista, Napster, and Groove Networks. It was a blast! Working for Microsoft is a blast too. I love my job. Working with VCs and startups to build partnerships with Microsoft is what I love to do. On the other hand, if I was stuck in the bowels of a product group in Redmond and couldn’t bring my ideas to fruition quickly…I would probably move on too.

    Good luck to all of you!

    Don Dodge

  7. So the Zissimopoulos, Goland, Allaire, Thorpe, Kohavi, LaVallee deadpools an up and running?

    And Russinovich’s date for extra bonus points… ;)

  8. So the Zissimopoulos, Goland, Allaire, Thorpe, Kohavi, LaVallee deadpools an up and running?

    And Russinovich’s date for extra bonus points… ;)

  9. And Russinovich’s date for extra bonus points…

    Russinovich? Oh hell no. They made him a technical fellow, like Dave Cutler. That comes with a parking spot, all the pizza you can eat, and a license to kill (on campus).

    Karl Rove would sooner defect to the Soviets. Kai-Fu Lee would sooner return to Microsoft.

  10. And Russinovich’s date for extra bonus points…

    Russinovich? Oh hell no. They made him a technical fellow, like Dave Cutler. That comes with a parking spot, all the pizza you can eat, and a license to kill (on campus).

    Karl Rove would sooner defect to the Soviets. Kai-Fu Lee would sooner return to Microsoft.

  11. We shall see. Man does not live on perks alone. Hearing some press background reports of troubles already.

    * Assuming of course, there were still Soviets. Karl Rove defecting to Iran or North Korea is more this Admin. Soviets are sooo, like, 80s Reagan, like fer sure, like, gag me, like, with a spoon, like far-out, like totally krad, like totally tubular, likeimsoooosure…no duh. ;)

  12. We shall see. Man does not live on perks alone. Hearing some press background reports of troubles already.

    * Assuming of course, there were still Soviets. Karl Rove defecting to Iran or North Korea is more this Admin. Soviets are sooo, like, 80s Reagan, like fer sure, like, gag me, like, with a spoon, like far-out, like totally krad, like totally tubular, likeimsoooosure…no duh. ;)

  13. What a nonsense. All this proves is one of the maxims of software development – that if you add a whole bunch of people to a project, it will slow down.

    If Microsoft hired 10,000 new people in the last 6 months and then added the majority to Windows Live, it will be slow, almost to a paralysis state. He didn’t see it as much because he is a team of one. If he had joined an in-progress project, he would probably still be in the learning phase as well.

  14. What a nonsense. All this proves is one of the maxims of software development – that if you add a whole bunch of people to a project, it will slow down.

    If Microsoft hired 10,000 new people in the last 6 months and then added the majority to Windows Live, it will be slow, almost to a paralysis state. He didn’t see it as much because he is a team of one. If he had joined an in-progress project, he would probably still be in the learning phase as well.

  15. @11 I’m guessing very few people in charge of development projects at Microsoft have a copy of “The Mythical Man-Month” on their bookshelves. Let alone have read it.

  16. @11 I’m guessing very few people in charge of development projects at Microsoft have a copy of “The Mythical Man-Month” on their bookshelves. Let alone have read it.

  17. Don, I’m sure more than 3 notable people left MS this year. Scoble likely being well down this list as far as people actually working on producing something people might buy. 10,000 people in a YEAR? I gotta believe that means the quality bar has been severly lowered.

  18. Don, I’m sure more than 3 notable people left MS this year. Scoble likely being well down this list as far as people actually working on producing something people might buy. 10,000 people in a YEAR? I gotta believe that means the quality bar has been severly lowered.

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