Today was my last day at Microsoft. I’m not very good with change, but it’s time to look forward now. I’ll post more details about my future plans later this summer once I’m in Dubai, but for now I’m going to enjoy my last few weeks in Palo Alto and finish packing up my stuff.
In 1999 I had to choose between working for Apple or Microsoft. Probably the most difficult decision of my life…but I made the right choice. It’s easy to blame Microsoft for the world’s problems, but everyone knows that’s not true. I can see how people get caught up in the hysteria…and Microsoft is not without blame; but in the grand scheme of things the world has far bigger problems than Microsoft’s treatment of its competitors. I had the pleasure of working with some of the smartest people in the world. I’m glad I was able to leave on good terms.
I also want to end any rumors about the future of Mac BU. I’m not leaving a sinking ship, just one that’s heading for new destinations. Omar is hard at work on Virtual PC, and I know he’s going to do great things with it. Office is also on course for great things. Microsoft has been producing Mac software for twenty years, and as long as Apple is in business you’ll probably see Microsoft products for the Mac.