On Monday I start my new role at Microsoft, this means I'll be relocating from London to Seattle, taking my family with me at the end of Feb.

As you might imagine, I'm really excited: New role, new city, new country!

I've been to Seattle a few times before, but haven't really had the time to look around.  You know the score: hotels rooms, restaurants and bars, taxis and meeting rooms. Lots of meeting rooms.  I've been to the market a couple of times (I love it), the art gallery, a spot of downtown shopping, but that's all I've really seen.  On Monday I'm off to Seattle for a week and can hopefully make some time to look around...thinking: places to live.  (I've been following Chris Porillo's posts on his experience of moving to Seattle,  and he seems to be enjoying it.)

About my new role

I've been at Microsoft since October 2002, based in Reading, UK. The new role is within the MSDN and TechNet Product Group (MTPG), as International Program Manager for the two sites, MSDN and TechNet.

The team I'm joining, those I've met so far at least, are really great (and v.smart) people.  These include Kevin Ledley (my new manager), Rick Holzli (my boss' boss), Sean Kollenkark, Laura John, John Oberon (John, where is your blog ;-), Shawn Morrissey, Tommy Williams, Victor Wong (on the phone at least), Tina Dow, and Jen Wise .

The team has a huge year ahead and am really looking forward to the opportunity to contribute.  Very cool plans ahead...

I've been taken on to work with subsidiaries (their respective TechNet and MSDN local sites) and the Corp MTPG team to improve our global online presence for the Developer and IT Pro audiences.  As an example, we need to do a better job of integrating the great local content and services produced by the subs into the .com sites.  Today, we're just not doing this as well as we could (or hardly at all), and there is plenty of room for improvement of the online experience for those audiences outside of the US.  Hopefully I'll be able to articulate more detail on this soon.

Anyhow, all very exciting.  Let me know if you've got any tips for where to live, visit, eat, drink, explore, check out around the Seattle area.