Last week we officially launched VS2012 and the .NET Framework 4.5.  I’ve spent the last couple of weeks in launch activities in London, Seattle, Atlanta, and New York, sharing details on the new versions and doing whatever I can to help people get going on the new release.  I can honestly say this is the best release I’ve worked on (and I’ve worked on basically all of them).  We have been able to use half the milestones and land with higher quality this release thanks to several internal improvements as well as the new toolset we just released (I will have to share some of those improvements in future posts; I’ve heard from many of you that you are trying to do similar things).
 
Now that we have shipped I will be taking on a new challenge owning development efforts for Windows Azure.  I’ll be joining my new peers Scott Guthrie (another DevDiv alumni) and Bharat Shah.  I’m looking forward to working with Scott and Bharat as well as taking on a new set of challenges and technologies.  Cloud computing is one of the most exciting technologies in the industry right now and I’m joining a great team working on cool stuff at global scale.
 
Wish me luck <g>