Posts Tagged Scott Gu
In the latest Microsoft reorg, Scott Guthrie (@scottgu) is going to head up Windows Azure. ‘The Gu’, as he is affectionately known, is not well known in the cloud community but is one of the most recognisable figures in Microsoft for developers, both by what he has done within DevDiv for developers and his trademark red shirts.
ScottGu seems to understand developers, not in a ‘Developers! Developers! Developers!‘ Steve Ballmer way, but as a developer and has been able to drive the needs of developers into .NET and Visual Studio. I don’t know all of the things that he has had a personal hand in, but he has been key to driving important aspects of the Microsoft stack.
- Silverlight would probably still be a media player if it wasn’t for his drive to get a lightweight .NET runtime shoehorned in
- He has been key in appointing people from outside the normal Microsoft recruitment channels and created a different breed of ‘softies in the likes of Scott Hanselman (@shanselman), Phil Haack (@haacked) and the rest of the Hanselminions.
- He key in .NET adopting a more open source and community friendly approach that eventually brought developers best practice such as MVC, package management (NuGet) and ORMs (Entity Framework)