...but the time has come. 11 years at Microsoft, all of them in the Outlook & Exchange teams, and now that's coming to an end. Next Friday will be my last day in Exchange, after which point I will be moving to the Mobile team, to be the lead PM for the photos & camera experience.
Holy crud, it's been a long time. Eleven years in this space - all of my time at Microsoft in these two teams. Nine years in Exchange. I was still a kid when I started in Exchange. Over the years I've grown up and the Exchange team has become my second family. A third of my entire life has been spent working in the messaging space at Microsoft.
My leaving has nothing to do with Exchange, of course, I still adore the product, the customers, the technology, the vision, the community, the funny blog URLs that some misguided people think was an accident, etc... I'm leaving because frankly if there is one thing that could tear me away from Exchange, it's the opportunity to get paid to work on the thing I've been passionate about in my spare time for the last ten years: I have a photo studio in my house that I pull out to do portraits for friends & family a few times a year & even considered quitting the company once to start my own photography business. What I love about photography is making beautiful pictures accessible & affordable to more people... and now I get to do that for even more people, and get paid for it. I still can't quite believe my luck.
It hasn't quite hit me yet that it's real, that I'm actually leaving. On my last day I expect to be a useless crying blob, if you'll be seeing me that day, then consider this your fair warning, come bearing kleenex.
I don't know what else to say, so I'll leave you with a random list of fun memories from the years:
 Nope, sorry folks. Very intentional. We've been making fun of that for over a decade now and I bought the domain name myself, snickering all the way. :-)
 What stopped me is when I realized being an entrepreneur is at least as much (if not more) about salesmanship than functional skills... not a strong point of mine.
 You know, it's really pretty impressive - in this most recent role, I lasted two and a half years, that's pretty impressive for me! :-)
 No,  wasn't actually referenced anywhere else. Just messing with ya.
Congrats, KC! Good luck in your new role!
Congratulations! Sounds like a great opportunity. Exchange won't be the same without you though!
Good luck with the new role, look foward to reading lots more posts!
No apology necessary; you're in my RSS reader as "KC Lemson."
But thank you for confusing me for 10 seconds with the unreferenced footnote. ;)
Good luck in Mobile!
Congrats on the new role. I have been following your posts (and accomplishments) since the JDP for Exchange 2000 (where I was lucky to meet you, Tony and Paul). I look forward to seeing more wonderful work in another product.
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