I’ve just noticed that Syon Bhattacharya passed away yesterday after fighting stomach cancer through a post on Larry Ostermans’s blog
 
I never really knew Syon but he was instrumental in the early days of MovieMaker when we were hooking up Direct Show Editing Services to publish files for the first time (even before the days of the ASF writer filter). He was always very helpful and we exchanged countless emails where he would help us track down the latest hangs or crashes we encountered. Whenever I asked questions about the various bits and bobs in DirectShow invariably they would get forwarded to Syon with a “Syon will know the answer to this” at the top, and of course he always did. His expertise will certainly be missed by the MovieMaker team. Condolences to his friends and family.