As many of you probably know, when we ship products at Microsoft a couple things usually happen: we celebrate, we sometimes reorg, and sometimes people ask themselves “what’s next for me?” Well, it took me 12 years, but I’ve finally asked myself that very question and answered it by deciding to take on a new challenge at Microsoft. I sent the below email to my team at the end of last week.

I wanted to thank all of you for your engagement, passion, support and friendship over the years. Being a part of this community has meant a lot to me. Building such a great product with such a great set of people (both internally and externally) has been very rewarding. I’m glad to know that I’m leaving the team with such a capable set of people. VB rocks!

 I wish you all the best and hope our paths cross again.  

-Rob Copeland


After 12 years in developer division, I have decided that it’s time for me to make a career change. When I thought about writing this email, many words came to mind: “mixed emotions,” “excitement,” “sadness,” “bittersweet,” etc. These words are used a lot in emails that announce change and I really don’t want to over-use them. So, I’ll try to get this out without using any of them.

For the past 11 years, the VB team, and for the past 3 years, the RADBU team has been my family. I have had more fun during this time than in any other job I’ve ever had. I’ve learned more. I’ve grown more. I’ve done more. And, I’ve met and worked with the best people in my career.  I am incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together. For that, I want to thank each of you. Most people are not able to look back over the past and say the same thing. I really am very lucky.

While this decision was not easy for me, I am really looking forward to my next challenge. The next step for me is in the Mobile Platforms Division in Windows. I will help to make mobile computing an even better experience. 

I wish the best to all of you.