You can see Mr. Kindel’s full departure letter below which may rank as one of the longest in history, and also has the most inside jokes per paragraph ever. As for what he will be doing now that he is leaving his home of two decades has something to do with an unnamed startup in the Seattle area that “has to do with sports, advertising, mobile, social-networking, and, of course, the cloud,” according to a statement on his personal blog.
Of course, this move may not come at the best time for Microsoft as they are making a big push towards the release of Windows Phone Mango, the next iteration of the company’s mobile operating system. While we are sure this is not a last minute, no warning-type scenario, changing the person in charge at a point such as this in the OS’ lifecycle can never be an easy handoff. The new version has been handed off to manufacturers to begin testing, so hopefully they are just in a bug fix stage at this point, and whomever the new GM ends up being will start off fresh with the next fruity-themed version of the software.
For now, hopefully Kindel will have a good start to his new endeavor, whatever it turns out to be.
Do you think this bodes well for the future of Windows Phone software?
From: Charlie Kindel
Sent: Monday, August 08, 2011 9:00 AM
To: A gazillion old friends and colleagues
Subject: Goodbye Microsoft – After 21 Years It’s Time To Move On
July 2, 1990 was my first day at Microsoft and September 2, 2011 will be my last.
In the time honored tradition of “good-bye mails” this is mine.
My first Microsoft product was a Z-80 Softcard for my Apple ][+ in 1984. That amazing product enabled me to become a UCSD P-System, CP/M, and Turbo Pascal geek. I still remember opening the big clear plastic box for the first time.
In 1988 (my junior year at the University of Arizona) I decided I wanted to work for Microsoft when I discovered Windows programming (I conned my dad into buying me a copy of the Windows 2 SDK). Charles Petzold was my hero.
I got no-hired after my first interviews (a dev role in Languages; shouldn’t really surprise anyone).
I bribed my recruiter into getting me another set of interviews by sending her a Christmas card (clearly I was meant to be a PM).
The brightest memory I have of my first day at work was a Seattle Times sports page pinned to my manager’s (Ridge Ostling) cube: “Husky Women Beat Beavers”.
A few months later we threatened to quit because management kept turning the lights ON in Lincoln Plaza.
Arne Josefsberg: I feel bad about writing that tool that generated fake time tracking reports. But what did you expect? We were providing the best damn developer support possible and the number of minutes we spent doing it was totally irrelevant.
Curtis Palmer: I miss you. Our Bogus Software was the best. RIP.
Tunneling Todd Laney, one day I got so pissed that the Windows 8514a driver didn’t support “smallfonts” that I just fixed it and checked it in. I was still in PSS. My first “production code” at Microsoft and if you don’t count OLEView which was just a tool, my last.
I decided I wanted to be Chris Guzak. So I got out of PSS and into Developer Relations. I know, it doesn’t make sense to me either.
Vertical Developer Relations was an amazing group. Out of that group came: Jeff Teper, Satya Nadella, Joe Long, John Wilcox, Bret O’Rourke, and others.
After writing OLEView I woke up and I was no longer an evangelist but a PM on the OLE team. Initially I was given all the glamorous stuff like Mac OLE. Mario Goertzel scared the crap out of me. It was 3 months before he and the other devs would invite me to lunch.
I got to work with Bob Atkinson. He taught me the trick of taking people on walks during 1:1s. He also taught me everything I know.
We gave all PDC ’93 attendees a CD with the first DCOM bits. ole.h was missing. One (one!) customer noticed. We thought DCOM was hot-sh**. It wasn’t.
The first name for COM+ was COM3. Windows used to let you create directories named COM3. But you couldn’t delete them. The real reason I’m leaving Microsoft? COM is making a comeback.
Sweeper and December 7, 1995 were epic. How the name “ActiveX” was chosen was not. Designing the