I’ve spent the last two years leading a PM team that has been part of building software experiences that make me immensely proud. The team has built software experiences that millions of people will use in Windows 8 and a developer platform will enable thousands of developers to build great software. Over the course of the past year we’ve delivered

  1. The social experiences in the Windows 8 People app. With Windows 8 you get a great browse and share your friends’ updates on Facebook and Twitter. The feedback we’ve received about this functionality has been extremely positive which has been quite humbling.

  2. A straightforward way for Metro style apps to take advantage of Single Sign On in Windows with the Live SDK.

  3. A developer platform for SkyDrive which has enabled developers to integrate SkyDrive across multiple apps, websites and devices.

This has been one of the most exciting and fulfilling times of my career. After about eight years working in the same organization at Microsoft, first as part of MSN and now Windows Live I’ve decided to move to another part of the company.

Over the course of the past few years, I’ve looked on at Microsoft’s search competition with Google and often wondered why although there’s been a lot of focus on beating or matching Google in search relevance and experience, there hasn’t been as much heard about how we’d compete with AdWords especially since that’s actually how we make money in the space.

Recently I was giving one of my friends who works in our ads space feedback after using a number of ads products including Facebook ads, Google ads and Microsoft’s. He asked if instead of complaining about what I wouldn’t rather just come join the team and actually help out. I thought “why not?” and since then I’ve become a lead program manager on the Bing Ads team.

My new team will be responsible for a number of things including the Bing Ads API. Regular readers of my blog shouldn’t expect any changes. If anything I’ll try to increase my pace of posting once I’m ramped up in my new gig and can come up with a sane blog posting schedule.

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Monday, September 10, 2012 7:54:40 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
You and your team have done a fantastic job over the past two years. One of the best efforts of any team in Microsoft. So while it's a little disappointing to see you leave that, Bing clearly needs the help and I can see the appeal of that challenge. Congrats on the move!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:15:48 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Good luck with the new job!
I'm curiuos where Bing Ads is heading, because it's about time that Google will get some serious competition in this space.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:46:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I've appreciated the efforts you've spearheaded, esp. single sign-in, as well as the info you've shared. Good luck with the new job.
Monday, September 17, 2012 4:56:32 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
You've already failed at your new job by choosing to defining it in terms of what competitors do instead of defining it in terms of the problems you're trying to solve.
The day when Microsoft stops trying to chase Google's and Apple's tail and chooses to do something to actually solve customer problems in quantifiable terms, is when it will finally break out its current depressing state.
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