October 24, 2004
@ 09:45 PM

Friday was my last day on the XML team at Microsoft. On Monday I start work as a Program Manager on MSN Communication Services Platform team. This team is responsible for the server side implementation of several aspects of MSN including MSN Messenger, some of Hotmail and MSN Groups.

My immediate responsibilities will involve working on the back end of MSN Spaces which is a hosted blogging service in the same vein as Blogger, LiveJournal and TypePad. The site is currently in beta for the Japanese audience.

This means I'll no longer be responsible for the XML Developer Center on MSDN which now will be managed by Irwin Dolobowsky. My work-related blog will shortly no longer appear on that page. However I will continue to write the Extreme XML column on a bi-monthly basis. Arpan Desai is the contact person for the aspects of the XML programming model in the .NET Framework I was responsible for, specifically the System.Xml.XPath namespace, System.Xml.Schema namespace and the System.Xml.XmlNode hierarchy.

If you are curious as to why I decided to make this move, some of the thinking behind my decision can be gleaned from my weblog post Social Software is the Platform of the Future

Update: This move does not change my status as the project lead on RSS Bandit.


Sunday, October 24, 2004 10:51:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Sunday, October 24, 2004 11:35:59 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Congrats Dare... that's awesome news.

Question: Will you still be maintaining RSS Bandit?
Sunday, October 24, 2004 11:53:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I've updated the blog post to clarify that I will still continue to work on RSS Bandit. This move doesn't change anything in that regard.
Monday, October 25, 2004 12:06:47 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Congrats Dare. I think it sounds like a pretty good move for you.
Monday, October 25, 2004 2:03:39 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Congratulations Dare! And this must be a gerat news for MSN spaces folks as well! Now, I have something to ask you. Please fix MSN spaces trackback implementation. It doesn't work as explained and no one seems to be working on that big problem for blogging service. I can send you the customer support contact id for the very problem if you need it. Anyway, good luck and please keep posting great blog!
Monday, October 25, 2004 2:25:56 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Wish you success at the new MSN job.
Dimitre Novatchev
Monday, October 25, 2004 7:46:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Congrats! That's an awsome new job!

PS. That was easy predictable too.
Tuesday, October 26, 2004 10:28:12 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Great news, Dare, congrats. Care to comment on the apparent intermittent access problems with MSN and hotmail in the past few days/weeks? I have to say that I've been paying close attention to MSN related stuff since being named an MSN MVP (MSN.com) a couple of weeks ago. Overall some great stuff going on, but it sure would be nice to know that the basics were really solid before jumping into a lot more (spaces, search, newsbot, 2gb mail, etc.) stuff. Lots of buzz about hotmail/msn reliability these days. Sure would be great to read some MSN stuff on the blog (already one of my favorites). Stop by the mvp msn (or for even more "fun", microsoft.public.msn.discussions) ng anytime!

Tuesday, October 26, 2004 11:22:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Congrats man. I had a feeling this would happen.
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