Goodbye and Hello!

After (nearly) five years at Microsoft, I have left to take  a position ashome change for a goldfish to a better place XAML Evangelist at Telerik.  

My experiences at Microsoft were terrific, and I had the opportunity to meet and come to know some great and very bright folks. 

I had the chance to work with the Silverlight community from its formative days, and to see XAML become a crucial markup language for Silverlight, WPF, Windows Phone 7 and much more.

Now I am very much looking forward to my new job  at Telerik, where my focus will be on all things XAML: Silverlight, WPF, Windows Phone and Windows 8.


Like many of you, I’ve not only been blown away by the Telerik controls, but I’ve been impressed by the culture at Telerik.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time with Telerik evangelists at conferences, and consider some to be personal friends.  My recent talk at DevReach in Bulgaria gave me the opportunity to visit their world headquarters and meet some of the senior management.   In addition, I’m looking forward to working with Chris Sells who also recently moved from Microsoft to Telerik. 

I need your help

I’m going to continue to speak at user groups and conferences and to blog and in general to interact with the community. Part of that, for example, will be contributing to Telerik’s XAMLflix blog series.  As I do, please let me know what you like about Telerik’s XAML products and what you don’t like, what we should do more of and what new things we should be doing.

Telerik already has forums, online customer support, blog posts and voting – please continue to use those, but in addition,  feel free to reach out to me directly about Telerik’s XAML products. or @jesseliberty (twitter)

About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty has three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects and is the author of 2 dozen books and a couple dozen Pluralsight & LinkedIn Learning courses. He was a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP and a Microsoft MVP.
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21 Responses to Goodbye and Hello!

  1. David White says:

    I encourage you to keep going with your podcast, too, Jesse. It’s part of your brand — and you have a unique style: short, pithy, valuable chunks of useful information.

  2. Renaud Laloire says:

    Good luck Jesse ! Telerik is definitely a good choice as they are the number one regarding third party components.

    Keep up good work and continue writing nice articles !

  3. Pete Brown says:

    Good luck, Jesse. I’ve really enjoyed working with you over the years (except for dealing with your expense reports ). Telerik is gaining a super star.

    I’m glad to see you’re staying in the XAML fold. Microsoft certainly lost a great person, but you’re still there for the community, which is what counts.

    For the people reading SL/Phone/XAML/Whatever doom into this, please re-read what Jesse wrote. This had nothing to do with technology.


  4. John Papa says:

    Good luck at Telerik Jesse. I’m sure you will continue to do great things!

  5. John Craigs says:

    Good luck, Jesse, Telerik are indeed need of someone like you writing fantastic tutorials on how to use their controls as currently it’s quite a mess indeed.

    From a copyright issue though, do the articles you’ve written over the five years while working at Microsoft qualify as your source of work or do they belong to Microsoft? If the latter, will they be moved over to MSDN? Would hate to see them disappear if at some point you decided to remove them from your personal blog!

  6. David Roh says:

    Congratulations and good luck Jessie. Thank you for all the tutorials – they are appreciated.

  7. Sam says:

    Good luck Jesse! Thoroughly enjoyed all your work and videos from days of Silverlight 2.0 and recently for WP7 Mango. Wish you stayed at Microsoft. This is extremely sad news for Microsoft. First John Papa, then bunch of Silverlight and WP7 executives and now you!

  8. Mike says:

    I think Jesse leaving MS is further evidence Silverlight is dead.

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  10. Marc Roussel says:

    Hey Jesse, great for you because Telerik is awesome and I’m proud to use their Silverlight bundle. Their support is the best in the world I’m sure about that.

    I’m happy to have made 2 great projects using RadGridView and other control for years without a single bug, Well, maybe one or two but very minor bugs and. It’s solid like rock !

    I love Telerik, I love Silverlight and hope to continue that path for a long time.

  11. Jose Fajardo says:

    Congrats and thankyou for your contributions… Telerik are making all the right moves positioning themselves as the premier go to source for all things developer related for Windows technologies..

    Well done to Telerik on hiring you, and many other great MS minds..

    Looking forward to your next public posts…

  12. Bruce Abernethy says:

    Congrats – Sounds like a good move for you, and good luck on the new job. Telerik seems to be really in touch with the trends in our industry and has been attracting some great talent because of this and their company in general. Thanks for all you’ve done, and your contributions to the community. Hope to hear more from you in the future.

  13. Shy Cohen says:

    Congrats Jesse! This is very exciting news!

  14. Jens Lewald says:

    Welcome Jesse,

    nice to see you at Telerik.

  15. Lino Tadros says:

    Congratulations to you and to Telerik Jesse!

  16. Allen says:

    It was nice meeting you at MIX10 and seeing many of your training videos. Good luck to you and keep doing great things for the Xaml community! =)

  17. Adam Kinney says:

    Hey Jesse, I’m so happy for you! This is great news and I think a great fit. I look forward to seeing what you come up with while you’re there 🙂

  18. Mark says:

    Good luck to you. Very much Microsoft’s loss. A lot of great talent has been sucked away from Microsoft lately. Not good for them.

  19. gpk says:

    Wow, lots of SL (XAML) ppl leaving MS.
    The good news some are ending up at Telerik.
    Been using the Telerik suite (mostly SL) for a couple of years now and it is great.

    Best of luck to you, looking forward to more XAMLing!


  20. Michael says:

    I have used Telerik products for over seven years now, and they always manage to impress me. Good luck!

  21. Joe Healy says:

    Good luck Jessee. Enjoyed our interactions. You’re going to a great team with folks like Chris Eargle already in place there. Enjoy. Keep on xaml’ing.

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