My name is Chris Ashton, although everyone at work calls me by my email address, "cashto". I joined Microsoft in June 2003 as a contractor and went full-time in May 2004. Previous to that I worked at BSQUARE Corp (May 2000-Jun 2001) in Bellevue and a small startup called Newmonics in Tucson, AZ (May 1999-May 2000).
I work on Outlook Mobile, specifically Messaging -- the email / SMS client for Pocket PCs and Smartphones. Although it's one of the most visible and important apps on Windows Mobile, it's actually fairly prosaic work ... working on various features now and then, but mostly just a lot of bugfixing. Still, the challenges are there, not unlike in most software engineering projects.
I'm not much a person to rant and rave about new features or technologies, so you're not likely to see that in this blog. What fascinates me is general trends in software engineering and the state of the industry as a whole -- and I hope to explore about that a bit here.