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On the last day of 2012, it has been 2 years that I'm a Microsoftie (internal name for a Microsoft employee). As things are related for now, it has also been two years that I'm being paid to do what I like to do for a living, Evangelism!

Time goes quickly as I feel like it was yesterday that I've become a blue badge (another way of talking about a full time employee at Microsoft). A lot of things have changed since last year:

  • The Evangelism job has changed at Microsoft Canada, and I still need to adapt;
  • A member of my v-team, Julia got pregnant, and Keith took her role;
  • We changed a little bit the focus of my primary audience;
  • I started the year with a new partner in crime, Reemah, as my first one, Samantha, got a new role. Half-way during the year, I changed again for Vanessa (hey, all "a" names), as Reemah also got a new role (maybe I scared them - I'm curios to see how much time Vanessa will tough me);
  • The 3 products I'm focussing on had new releases: Windows, Windows Phone, and Windows Azure;
  • Two team members, my unknown father Damir, and Rick, changed roles inside of Microsoft (yes there is always a lot of movement between roles at Microsoft), and another one, Ruth, left the company;
  • Two new members, Marc, and Pierre, join the family (my direct team);
  • ...

I also learn a lot of new stuff during this crazy year:

  • There are people who I don't want to waste time anymore with (I have no problem with the fact you don't like us or our products, but I have one with the fact you can't have a discussion);
  • It's a good time to be at Microsoft with products like Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Windows Azure;
  • I can handle crazy period of the years, but not for many weeks straight without taking time for me;
  • The things I'm enjoying the most in this role are: networking, public speaking, travelling, helping, and sharing with others;
  • I miss coding, as I feel I didn't code enough since I stop being a freelancer;
  • ...

It has been a great year, and I'm looking forward to an even better one.

P.S.: I like this picture. Can you guess what I was saying to the attendees of Mobiz? OK I don't remember it, but it's funny what people said when they saw this picture on Facebook.