My focus going forward has shifted
Published on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 4:00:00 AM UTC in Announcements & Personal
As of today, I am no longer a Microsoft MVP for Windows Phone Development. This was expected. As you have probably noticed, most of my Windows Phone related activities came to a complete halt in early 2014, and some other coincidentally accompanying events, like the shutdown of Microsoft Press Germany, additionally led to some of my other last year's activities never being recognized publicly.
I want to take the chance and assure everyone that my inactivity has nothing to do with the Windows Phone platform per se. While I disagreed with some details of its recent evolvement, and even frowned upon decisions that have been made, as a developer I generally still see Windows Phone as the superior platform compared to any other competitor on the market today.
Then why the change? First of all, some personal circumstances required me to set priorities, and cutting back on my community activities was the most logical thing to do at the time. But furthermore, as the title of this post (rings a bell?) implies, my personal interest and focus has changed since I started working with Windows Phone in 2010. Again this was something I had expected at some point. My developer life in the last two decades or so always revolved around pushing technologies that I enjoy for some time, until I sense it is time to move on and find something new. Microsoft's technologies, although not exclusively, always were a huge part of that cycle. When I learned C# in 2001, I started evangelizing it immediately. Once I realized the power of WPF, I spent hours after hours teaching other devs about it whenever possible. At some point, Silverlight was the most powerful technology at hand to build business apps, and I put an enormous amount of energy into pushing it in the community. And, finally, I jumped onto Windows Phone very early and, deeply convinced of its superiority, turned into the strongest advocate for it quickly.
Today, almost four years later, I feel the urge to move on. I have no idea where I'm headed for. The above list may give the impression I've only worked with client-side technologies in the last years, which is far from the truth. And because Windows 8 still has not "clicked" for me, and HTML5 still simply seems not ready for me yet, my future focus might as well be some completely unrelated, purely server-side story. I honestly don't know yet. All I know is that it's going to be awesome – it always has been :).
Thanks everybody, both in the community and at Microsoft for the past years, and all the best to Windows Phone and every Windows Phone developer out there.