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.