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Jon Udell joins Microsoft

| by James Vastbinder Follow 0 Followers on Dec 11, 2006. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |

Jon Udell will leave InfoWorld and its Test Center to join Microsoft.  He will be joining the Channel 10 team to bridge the gap between the "alpha geeks" and the mainstream civilization.  Jon is often credited with being able to translate technology in such a way that the average citizen can understand. 

When asked what his new job is with Microsoft:

My last day at InfoWorld will be Friday Dec 15. On Jan 15, after a month-long sabbatical, I'll become a Microsoft employee. My official title will be Evangelist, and I'll report to Jeff Sandquist. He's the leader of the team that creates Channel 9 and Channel 10, websites that feature blogs, videos, screencasts, and podcasts for Microsoft-oriented developers.

On why he making this change:

Over the years I've evangelized a bunch of things to the alpha-geek crowd: Internet groupware, blogging, syndication, tagging, web architecture, lightweight integration, microformats, structured search, screencasting, dynamic languages, geographic mapping, random-access audio, and more.

There's a purpose behind all this, and Doug Engelbart saw it very clearly a long time ago. The augmentation of human capability in these sorts of ways isn't just some kind of geek chic. It's nothing less than a survival issue for our species. We face some really serious challenges. The only way we're going to be able to tackle them is to figure out how to work together in shared information spaces. I've chosen to align myself with Microsoft because I think it has the scale, the resources, and the business incentive to help me empower a lot of people to learn how to do that.

Will Jon Udell become the next Scoble for Microsoft? 

 

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