First let me say THANK YOU for such kind words and vote of confidence.
As for *missing me*, alas that is likely to not be the case :). As I tried to have Willy state in his blog on this announcement "Worldwide ALM Community within Microsoft Services:" and "Worldwide Application Lifecycle Management Community is an internal worldwide “gathering place” for Microsoft Services employees " it is not known outside of Microsoft by design. It is only available to Full-Time Employees. This is different from VS ALM Rangers where you can be a Microsoft ALM MVP, for example, and a member of the External Rangers team.
I will also point out that this WW ALM Community comprises Microsoft Consultants who, in f act, are using Microsoft Visual Studio and Team Foundatio Server 2010 every day.
Before accepting this challenge, I had to reassure myself that I would not abandon my role as a VS ALM Ranger or my passion for the Ranger Branching Guidance. I will continue to lead the next release of the Branching and Merging Guidance and other activities as a VS ALM Ranger.
The good news, I hope, is that I can impact BOTH the VS ALM Rangers and Microsoft's INTERNAL WW ALM Community, hopefully making the combination stonger and more effective.
I would also note... recently I got an email from a co-worker I worked with almost thirty years ago. We were both consultants working at the same client, but have not worked together for over fifteen years. Apparently he had heard from someone we worked with *way back then* that I had passed away. So he contacted me to make sure I was *still kicking*. The moral of this story is... I am not dead, and I am not leaving the VS ALM Rangers, and I hope to make my blog even better.
Thanks again Allen.