Today the news broke public that Scott is leaving Microsoft as of November 1st, so this post is to say thanks for all and good bye. Microsoft is loosing a great piece in their chess game, I hope they will keep a list of his rants and points and keep making the Interactive world a better place to be.
I meet Scott first because of our relationship with the Rich Internet Application world, he had recently switch to Microsoft from a long standing career in the Adobe front and who better than him to put the dots in the i's for what Microsoft needed to do in order to move the whole Silverlight wagon forward and create a community around it.
Scott doesn't get scared easily and with full commitment to his position he started pushing the boundaries to make Silverlight a better place to be among all RIA technologies out there. He was vocal and he was loud, something Microsoft was in need if they wanted to make a change in the way we build experiences.
Fast forward a year in and a lot of emails back and forward and there I was in his office in Redmond discussing the future of Silverlight, what needed to get done and how, we were even putting code together past 2am just to make our point into how some feature or other should be modeled.
Scott backed up things that in an house of engineers will otherwise will be let out unseen. He knew the business and he knew that in order for Silverlight to make it, it'd had to be something other than just pretty C# & XAML code behind.
We as a creative industry are loosing a voice inside the interactive team that fought the battles not a lot of people knew they were facing, Microsoft has done a lot of good things to improve but it's still far from finished and venturing in a field like creative, they need creative people like Scott reminding them that things are not only strings of 1 and 0s but rather a rainbow of colors.
Now, we as an industry are gaining quite a loud voice to partner with. Scott will now be able to be vocal about the industry itself and put his hands to work to help other companies succeed with great experiences. Pushing the pins from the wild and with no front other than the community and its business.
I'm sure he leaves behind a lot of battles that have resulted in things we now give for granted and I'm sure there will be more results to come. There are still people in the house that will pick up those fights.
Dude, as I told you not that long ago... you fight great for us here behind the wheel and now your job at Microsoft is done... time to move up and look forward to more awesomeness from Oz.