Jon Udell is one of the smartest guys in an industry full of smart people. I thought he enjoyed working for a media company, but then again, Microsoft is becoming a media company, and so Jon is joining. IBM has IBM TV but Microsoft has Channel 9 and a new star.
Augmenting human capabilities indeed. Screencasting he nailed before anybody else. Oh man. Great great hire. His ridiculously fast techno announcement is here. That was the coolest press release ever created Jon. You are awesome.
Blogger/analyst/multimedia-producer- all of the above.
Jon mentioned J J Allaire on the podcast, as well he might. J J has done fantastic work on Live Writer, and frankly BusinessWeek should be talking to him, not creating truly horrible hagiographic coverage like this (yes we get it, his head is shaved and he rides a mountain bike, we get it- I would love to sponsor a race between him and Duane Nickull at Adobe though). Maybe they got the wrong guy. Allaire creates products people want (if only it would work on my XP desktop, not just my XP laptop). Allard- well, you all know how well Zune has been received.
Jon and JJ and Ray – are the soul of a new Microsoft.