Scoble is leaving
Yup, it’s official. I first saw the news via Chris last night. Robert had hinted pretty strongly about this possibility a liitle while back, so it’s not terribly surprising to me. It’s my understanding that several factors influenced his decision, and I can’t say I blame him for any of them.
I think there’s no doubt it’s a loss for Microsoft, and maybe somebody could have done more to keep him around. However, I think Robert has picked a reasonably good time to leave. Not because I think Microsoft has trouble ahead – quite the contrary. I think Robert set out to make Microsoft a better place and a better company – and I dare say he succeeded. In some sense, I think a part of Robert felt that “his work here is done.”
Still, Channel 9 won’t be quite the same without him. As for conferences and the like, I’m sure we’ll be graced by the Scobleizer’s presence courtesty of his new role at PodTech.net
Good luck Robert!