Robert himself has said that
I love Microsoft and Microsoft did not lose me â€” at least as a supporter and friend. I am not throwing away my Tablet PC or my Xbox or my other Microsoft stuff
So his departure appears not to have been acrimonious.
That he has decided to join PodTech.net should come as no big surprise. John Furrier, CEO of PodTech.net, has been growing the network at a phenomenal rate (including landing $5m of investor funding a couple of months back).
For Robert this will be a natural extension of the work he was doing already on Channel9 – video blogging. The difference this time is that instead of just video blogging what Microsoft’s teams are developing, he will now be video blogging whenever he comes across something interesting in Silicon Valley.
This is a huge loss for Microsoft but hopefully they have learned a lot from having Robert on board and they will continue to change for the better (they have a long way to go yet before they win back many people’s trust).
So congratulations Robert to you and Maryam. This is a big move for you both, and I wish you nothing but the best. You deserve no less.
Edited to correct the spelling of Silicon – thanks Eoghan for pointing that out