‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said, ‘To talk of many things”

Yes, the time has indeed come.

After 22 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 3 days, I’ve decided to leave Microsoft.

Yes,  you’ve heard correct. It’s time!

My time with Microsoft started way back on 1991, in Canberra, as a Systems Engineer. I was the first technical guy in a small team of 4 people. I got to Canberra after I had followed a girl (who I had met in Melbourne) all the way to Canberra., That girl became my wife, and over the journey we’ve spent time in Seattle, Sydney, Seattle again and ultimately Melbourne, which is where I started. Funny that.

The career summary looks a bit like this

May 1991 Sep 1993 Microsoft Canberra, working as a Systems Engineer
Sep 1993 Aug 1994 Microsoft  Corp, @ Executive Briefing Center
Aug 1994 Oct 1995 Microsoft Corp, in the Advanced Technology Group, working on Interactive TV
Nov 1995 May 1997 Microsoft Australia, MSN Technical Director
Jun 1997 Jun 1999 ninemsn CTO
Jun 1999 May 2001 MicrosofT Region, Digital Media dude
May 2001 Aug 2007 Microsoft Australia, Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE)
Aug 2007 May 2011 Microsoft Corp, Director – DPE Field Community & Readiness
May 2011 Sep 2013 Microsoft, Principle Technical Evangelist, WW Technical Evangelist  Role Owner

Along the way we had 4 children who have grown up immersed in all things Microsoft – they all have their Nokia Lumias, and Windows 8 tablets, and love their XBOX, I don’t think this will change in a hurry.

And then, there’s my other family – the awesome evangelists I hired, the community members who helped spread the word of the Microsoft platform – from .net, hailstorm, silverlight, to windows phone, windows, windows azure, and everything else in between.

Thank you all for making my Microsoft time very enjoyable and not feel like just a job.

This week also sees TechEd on the Gold Coast – and while I am there, we recorded the 100th episode of Frankly Speaking with my good friends Andrew Coates and Michael Kordahi, where I speak with the guys about my time at Microsoft. I had fun recording the session

I now have a chance to look around, smell the roses and find that next great job that isnt really a job which I can commit my heart and soul into, just like the last one.

12 Comments on “‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said, ‘To talk of many things””

  1. Greg Low says:

    Thanks so much for all your efforts over the years Frank. You will be missed…

  2. Good luck for the future frank. Lovely to see a mention of hailstorm, and idea ahead of its time!

  3. Mat Young says:

    good luck softie, the world outside gets bigger and smaller but the adventure remains the same. Your pro-nouns will need work for years.

  4. Mithun Dhar says:

    Good luck, Frank! It was a pleasure working with you while I was in DPE, albeit a short period.

  5. Yann Duran says:

    Wow! I just never imagined a Microsoft without Frank Arrigo. I echo Greg’s sentiments, you will most definitely be missed.

  6. Dilip Mistry says:

    All the best Frank – it was great working with to you.All the best !!!

  7. Orin says:

    You’ll be missed. I still remember you coming and talking to me at my first TechED (which was only 7 years ago, but feels like a lifetime ago 😉

  8. An adventure is in the wind! All the best mate.

  9. Glav says:

    Frank you sneaky bugger. DIdn’t even drop a hint when we spoke at TechEd 🙂 Seriously, like everyone has said, you will be missed. Maybe you could leave a token LOUD shirt behind so we can hang at each TechEd just for old times sake 🙂
    Good luck with whatever you do mate.

  10. Soyoung says:

    Frank, it’s been only few months since we’ve met, but I feel you’re my long time friend. Thanks for spending your time with MVPs in TechEd and we’ll miss you a lot! Hoping great journey ahead in your life….

  11. Ewen says:

    Hi Frank – All the best. Its a bit scary that we worked together pre-Microsoft . I’m sure I’ll see you around.

  12. Dugie says:

    Frank, thankyou sir for so many things, and all the folks you’ve helped along the way. I look forward to catching up, whenever, and wherever that may be.

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