I got to attend a design review of some stuff I can’t talk about in Redmond this week. Suffice it to say there is a lot of really cool stuff coming down the pike in the Whidbey time frame, a lot of which people have not even heard about yet.
I am always impressed by the size of the campus, the energy and activity when I am there. The project managers and program managers we deal with are all very enthusiastic and motivated about their jobs and really just busting their butts to pump out good tools to make our lives as developers better, easier, faster.
People can bash Microsoft all they want, but my respect for them as a company and as a group of individuals just grows the more direct contact I have with them.