Here are my first week observations, in no particular order:

  1. Microsoft has a VAST amount of information available.  Information overload has taken on a new meaning for me.
  2. The people are great.  Everyone that I've met seems to be bright, articulate, and motivated.  The people I'm interacting with on a daily basis seem to genuinely care about their work, and there is a lot of positive energy in the teams I'm working in.
  3. The internal tools are amazing.  I was thinking of the “cobbler's children have no shoes“ saying when I first started, but nothing could be further from the truth.
  4. This is a huge organization with a lot of moving parts, and I'm working in the field.  Getting up to speed and familiar with the basic structure at a macro level will take quite a while.  I think it will be an ongoing challenge.
  5. The competitive landscape Microsoft is facing is pretty tough.  There is a lot of work ahead of us, and I haven't met anyone here that sees it otherwise.

So far, the work has exceeded my expectations.  If you want my contact information on the inside, leave a comment and I'll get back to you.