On Friday Willy publically announced his plans for 2009, which include him leaving South Africa to go and work for the big blue monster (aka Microsoft) in the rangers team! Before I get into my view on this, let me explain what the rangers are: A MVP (which Willy is) is selected from the community by the community and big blue as a expert/lead/guide in their field. They are the best of the best outside of Microsoft. The rangers are the internal version of MVP’s. They are the best of the best inside of Microsoft. It is a great honor and privilege and shows really how big an expert Willy is.
In short I am so happy for him and really jealous too, but in the short period I have worked with him I have not even scratched the surface of what he knows… so I am sad that I won’t get that on a day to day basis.
To Willy I wish you the best of luck and enjoyment in this new experience!