Microsoft continues to move around – and in some cases layoff – various employees or contractors associated with Nokia and Windows Phone. Although the significant cuts came a few weeks ago, there are still some aftershocks being felt. One of those deals with the Developer Ambassadors from Nokia, as that team is being disbanded effectively at the end of this month.
In a letter sent out to developers from Microsoft DVLUP, the news of the group's demise is revealed, in addition to giving a hearty thanks to the team for their dedication.
Consumers often do not see the developer side of Windows Phone, but software devs looking to jump to Microsoft's mobile OS have certainly had contact with the Developer Ambassadors. The team of hardworking, smart, and engaging representatives went out of their way to host events, hackathons, seminars and work directly with aspiring Windows Phone devs throughout North America. If you had a question or needed something, they were the go-to people for the job.
At Windows Phone Central, we can say we know many of these chaps personally, often engaging with them at Nokia events and sharing a beer. They are not only great at their jobs, but they are also some of the most congenial – and uproarious – people we have come across (what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas). Point of reference is the 'chromed' Lumia 900 and showing us how to hack Qi into a Lumia 1520.
To the Developer Ambassadors - Rich Dunbar, Nick Landry, Bill Reiss, Atley Hunter, Lance McCarthy, Greg Stoll, George Salcedo, Jan Hannemann, and Robert Shurbet – we salute you and owe you our thanks. (Beers on us, next time)
Thanks, Greg M., for the tip!
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.