In 1992, I got my first Windows PC. For more than 20 years, Microsoft has been a central force in my life, and fundamentally shaped my career. From the time I joined in 1997 until I left in 2004, Microsoft would teach me lessons, frustrate me, make me happy, make me sad – and finally embolden me to leave the nest. Though I left frustrated and bitter as Longhorn was struggling and stumbling – eventually to become the much maligned Windows Vista, I have come to peace with Microsoft, and they’re still a pretty significant part of my life.
Beginning last year, I started writing a book about my experiences before, at, and since Microsoft. The current running title is simply Good Times… Good Times… though that may change. I’m a little more than half way through writing it, and my intention is to complete it during 2013. If you want status updates as I progress, I’ll be doing my best to reflect them here.
My intention with this book isn’t to write a tell-all. I’ll tell you many things you’ve never heard before, and especially if you’re a fan of Windows, I think it’ll be an interesting read as you get to reminisce – as I have while writing it – how Microsoft has grown and changed over the years. It also won’t be a nerd-fest. My goal is to make it something that non-geeks can read and still enjoy, as they enjoy my unique perspective of the company.
When the book is complete, I plan to self-release it as an ebook on iTunes, Amazon, and B&N. Complexity will determine whether I can hit all three and in what timeframe. I have no plans to publish a physical book at this time, but that could change. Follow my blog or follow me on Twitter for updates.