Starting at Microsoft

Big news in Jake-land: I’ve accepted a new job as technical program manager at Microsoft, working on the MSN/Windows Live team, and Monday morning I begin my first day of work.

It’s been a very productive six years at UserLand, which has seen blogging go from obscurity to commonplace, RSS and XML-based syndication go from experimental to mainstream (even required), web services go from dream to business model, and podcasting go from non-existent to the big time.

UserLand has been influential, and at times an innovator, in all of these technologies, and I’ve been very proud to have played a part in these early developments, however small my part may have been.

Thanks UserLand!, and Thanks Dave! I’ve learned a ton, and I must tip my hat with great respect, before moving on.

Hello Seattle.


  1. Steve Kirks said:

    Congrats, Jake! It sounds like a great job and a perfect opportunity to continue to “make a difference” in the world of technology. Now maybe I’ll stop using Google…


    Couldn’t have happened to a better guy…


    May 7, 2006
  2. Andy Fragen said:

    Congrats Jake! Great news. I bet you’ll enjoy moving back to the Pacific Northwest from Texas. 😉

    All the best.


    May 7, 2006
  3. Patrick Ritchie said:

    Congrats Jake! — I can hardly wait to hear what it’s like to work for Microsoft 🙂


    May 8, 2006
  4. Rod K said:

    Congratulations on the new position!


    May 8, 2006
  5. Anonymous said:

    Thanks for all your good work at Userland and congratulations on the new venture!

    May 9, 2006
  6. Congrats Jake. Contiue to blog about MS and your experience over there…we would like to hear from there lot. I’ve been subscribed to your blog from last month.. so keep blogging. keep sharing..
    good luck..

    May 11, 2006
  7. Julie said:

    congrats and thanks for introducing me to blogging 🙂

    May 12, 2006
  8. Mom said:

    Jake, Once again a new opportunity for new learning and new life, once again your optimism. Looking forward to new news and opportunities. Love, Mom

    May 13, 2006

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