Moving to Windows Phone Engineering

It has been 3 months since my last post. Mostly this is due to TB and I moving to less frequent Owen updates—which reminds me we still need to post a 2 1/4 year photo. We have also fallen victim to the Facebook craze which most our family and friends use to keep up with our latest goings-on.

However, it is also due to my recent move to the Windows Phone Division from the Developer Division. Good thing I began my switch to Windows Phone when it debuted last year, eh?

I spent my entire 13 years at Microsoft in DevDiv working on a litany of platforms and tools developers have used to build consumer and enterprise applications for mostly desktop computers and servers. Now, I am off doing pretty much the same thing, building application platforms, but this time targeting mobile devices. Phones are obviously an exciting place to be with all the buzz and tremendous growth surrounding iOS and Android. Having worked on several seminal products—including Visual J++, ASP.NET 1.0 and Silverlight 1.0—I am accustomed to being the underdog in the highly-charged race to woo developers to nascent technology. Perhaps I will start a series on what I think makes Windows Phone special having spent the last few years as an iPhone devotee. Stay tuned…

In other news, Owen started playing soccer in Arena Sports Lil’ Kickers. He’s in the Thumpers (2-3 year old) group where they mostly run around, kick stuff, and learn to follow the coach’s instructions. It is really funny watching him develop and a good way to get the family outdoors each Saturday morning.

Owen’s First Soccer Practice

My new job

I started a new job as the Group Program Manager (GPM) of the Presentation Platform Controls (PPC) team, back on August 25 .

I decided to return to my roots in the product group after 33 months in marketing. I had a blast in marketing and will miss my team and responsibilities as Director of Product Management for Microsoft Expression dearly. Why leave? Two reasons.

First, as those of you who have followed my blog can attest, I am a big Silverlight fan and my new gig gives me direct responsibility for helping the technology succeed. My new team is tasked with delivering first-party controls for Silverlight. That includes basic components for building user interfaces like button, textbox and label in addition to advance controls like calendar, datagrid and scrollview.

Second, I missed the day-to-day aspects of creating the products that will reach billions. As GPM, I will be leading the program management discipline for the PPC team. You can learn more about what program managers do at Microsoft on the Microsoft career site.

I moved offices and began getting settled into my new job before heading out for a vacation in Belgium the week of Labor Day. That post is coming up next.