From Jon Udell's blog post entitled A conversation with Jon Udell about his new job with Microsoft he writes
Q: Your new job is with Microsoft?
That's right. My last day at InfoWorld will be Friday Dec 15. On Jan
15, after a month-long sabbatical, I'll become a Microsoft
employee. My official title will be Evangelist, and I'll report to
Jeff Sandquist. He's the
leader of the team that creates Channel 9 and Channel 10,
websites that feature blogs, videos, screencasts, and podcasts for
Q: What will your role be?
A: The details aren't nailed down, but in broad terms I've
Microsoft that I continue to function pretty much as I do now. That
means blogging, podcasting, and screencasting on topics that I think
interesting and important; it means doing the kinds of lightweight and
R&D that I've always done; and it means brokering connections among
people, software, information, and ideas -- again, as I've always done.
Q: Why are you doing this?
I'm often described as a leading-edge alpha
geek, and that's fair. I am, and probably always will be, a member of that
club. But I'm also increasingly interested in reaching out to the
mainstream of society.
For those of us in the club, it's a golden age. With
computers and networks and information systems we can
invent new things almost as fast as we can think them up.
But we're leaving a lot of folks behind. And I'm not just talking about the
digital divide that separates the Internet haves from the have-nots. Even
among the haves, the ideas and tools and methods that some of us take for
granted haven't really put down roots in the mainstream.
I had dinner with Jon a couple of weeks ago when he came up to Microsoft for interviews and I was impressed with the plan he described for the future of his career. I was pretty sure that once anyone interviewing him spent even a few minutes talking to him they'd be convinced they'd found the right person for the job, even though the job was Jon's idea. I was honored that Jon contacted me to talk to me about his plans and have been on pins & needles wondering if the folks at Microsoft would hire him or not.
Congrats to Jeff Sandquist. First Rory, now Jon Udell. You're hiring all the right folks.