August 8, 2006
@ 08:30 PM

This morning I got an IM from Niall Kennedy letting me know that he was Leaving Microsoft. He begins his blog post about leaving by writing

I am leaving Microsoft to start my own company. My last day at Microsoft is next Friday, August 18. It's uncertain whether Microsoft will continue the feed platform work I started, but it's some good stuff so I hope they do.

As the person who referred Niall to the company and gave him some advice when he was weighing whether to join Windows Live, I am sad to see him leave so soon. I sympathize with his reasons for leaving although some of what he wrote is inaccurate and based on speculation rather than the actual facts of the matter. That said, I found Niall to be quite knowledgeable, smart and passionate, so I expect him to do well in his endeavors.

Good luck, Niall.


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Tuesday, August 8, 2006 10:13:01 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
That Valleywag interview and picture were revealing of true character.
Tuesday, August 8, 2006 10:21:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
If you're going to hire "celebrity" bloggers, be prepared for them to bolt.
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 2:13:39 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Don't know Nial at all, but the the technorati people seems determined to cast him as a glorified tech support guy not a real engineer when he was there . . . perhaps that turned people off at MSFT where you need to really have technical chops to be a program manager. . .
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 7:45:35 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Dare, didn't you start work on the feed platform long before MS was a twinkle in Niall's eye??
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