I was taken aback yesterday when I saw the announcement – by Dick – that he had left Microsoft after one year.
Yesterday was my last day at Microsoft. I worked there a year. When I reflect on 2009, I think of it as the Year of Darkness. I only wrote a couple blog posts. I was inactive in the OpenID community. I did not talk to press or analysts. I gave no public presentations.I have to say I wasn't shocked. Dick had made significant waves in the community before he joined Microsoft. His “infamous” Identity 2.0 presentation is nearly legendary. If you haven’t seen it you must watch it. I can only imagine how difficult it was for someone who spent lots of time talking to customers, the public, press and analysts to spending no time doing this. I also know how difficult it is to go from a very small company to a company of what, 85,000 employees?
So I’m willing to bet we see more Dick in 2010.