I've been working in the VS Extensibility area for quite a few years now.  But the time is right for me to venture forth into a new area of responsibility for Microsoft.

I'll be helping to form a new team based in Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA.  Microsoft is opening the Hawaii Development Center there and I'm one of the most fortunate individuals on the planet to share in the experience.  In the future, I'll be blogging about the HDC and this new project so stay tuned for more info on both of these areas.  I'll be redesigning my blog appearance to reflect a more tropical attitude, but the address will remain the same.

So, I won't be in Redmond any longer (as of Friday 5/18).  We recently held a VSIP Developer Conference and I was a little nostalgic helping to host my last Dev Lab (as they used to be called).  I've also gotten to know some of you via trade shows like Tech*Ed and the PDC; I don't know if I'll be able to join you in those shows in the future, but I hope so depending on what content we have to offer from this new project.

It's truly been a pleasure to work with the VSIP partner community and the VS SDK team over these last few years.  I'm extremely pleased with the VS SDK we provide and most of that pleasure comes from the great feedback we've received from the VSIP partner community.  There's certainly more that can be done in the product and making extensibility easier is one of the main goals of the team.  It's great to see how many people are getting involved with VS extensibility and how the general VSIP community is growing; helping one another along the way.  It's been great working on the VS core product and helping so many VS SDK users to extend VS in so many interesting ways.

The VS SDK is in good hands.  My change of focus provides an opportunity for the rest of the team to shine.  They've always been providing the awesome SDK you consume anyway and I've been lucky to have worked with them.  The plans for the Orcas VS SDK are solid and the energy the team is putting into the product and the ecosystem is awesome.  The future is very bright for the VSIP community.

I wish you success in your VS extensibility endeavors.

Mahalo,

Allen