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Well-known UWP developer Rudy Huyn joins Microsoft

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Updated October 23, 2019: We added comments from Rudy Huyn on his new role and UWP.

What you need to know

  • Rudy Huyn joined Microsoft as a Principal Software Development Engineer.
  • Huyn recently worked for Dropbox and is known for his work on UWP apps.
  • Huyn is now a member of the Partner App Experience (PAX) team at Microsoft.

Rudy Huyn is one of the most well-known UWP developers. He worked on several apps that were loved by Windows Phone and Windows 10 users, and also recently worked for Dropbox. Now, Huyn joins Microsoft as a Principal Software Development Engineer.

Huyn shared the news on Twitter, stating that "After 9 years of close collaboration with Microsoft, it's time for me to take it one step further and officially join them." Huyn is now part of the PAX team and will "work with this team on great app experiences and OSS projects for current and upcoming Win10 devices," according to his tweet.

We reached out to Huyn, who shared how important this new role is.

It's kind of symbolic for me; I started working for Microsoft on October 21, 2019, exactly 9 years after the the launch of the Windows Phone 7. Not only that, but my team is under the umbrella of Joe Belfiore, one of the people who initially sparked my interest in Windows (Phone). So, it is with great honor that I join this team, with whom I have already worked with for many months, but as an external contributor to the Calculator application, an open source UWP application that began this year. As I officially join this new family, I'm really looking forward to showing you the projects we're all working on, for both current and future devices.

Huyn also shared a comment on UWP and invited developers to reach out to Microsoft,

I was very active in UWP community and it won't change, a large majority of Windows built-in apps are UWP and my team also owns many very useful open source libraries like Windows Community toolkit or Microsoft Graph Toolkit. UWP is a amazing technology, especially with 10X coming and if you are a developer and need help, please reach out!

Huyn's LinkedIn profile (opens in new tab) states that he is now a Principal Software Development Engineer at Microsoft.

Huyn has a long history of developing UWP apps and discussing the platform. Before his time at Dropbox, he made apps including 6Snap, 6Tin, and Cloud6.

Huyn was most recently a staff engineer at Dropbox, working on Dropbox Universal UWP, Dropbox Desktop, and several other projects. When Huyn left Dropbox, he stated that he'll "focus a little more on UWP/WinUI/.Net 5."

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  • I always wondered what happened to Rudy Huyn. I loved his apps for Windows Phone.
  • Good job, Rudy! It would be an honor for you to join our Surface Duo Facebook Group! Anyone who is excited for this device should join us!
  • That's awesome news! He's really good and knows how to bring good UX in addition to UI, using the tools given to him. So that's amazing that he's actually going to be part of the Windows UX team.
  • Amazing guy. I wish him the best.
  • We all missed him
  • Great news for him and for MS. I wish him best of luck in this new journey
  • Now I remember 6Tag for instagram
  • MS Surface Pro 7, Surface Neo, Surface Duo, Surface Pro X, Windows 10X, Rudy Huyn joining MS... wow 2019 truly is one of the Microsoft Wonder Years!
  • Windows 10X, Neo and Duo are only coming in 2020, if everything will be on schedule, and knowing MSFT, it wont. SP7 is probably great, but I will not be getting it. After all the trouble I had with SP4 I will try something else. Rudy joining MSFT is great, but after hitting the corporate BS wall I dont think there will be much he will be able to accomplish, with all the stick MSFT will undoubtedly stick in his wheels.
  • Wow, about 3 negative statements / sentence - why are you here? My corporate and private SP4 still rock and I use them daily, so not sure what issues you are alluding to. It has been several years since there has been so many MS announcements in just 1 month. MS knows very well vaporware does not fly anymore in 2019 so rest assured they will deliver. Not sure how familiar you are with large corporate entities but hiring RH and then not using his skills would be a-typical for MS or any other large company. It's a contract between 2 parties and both parties are entitled to (early) termination in case the deliverables are not delivered I trust that RH will not act as a corporate puppet and I think you under-estimate his potential at MS.
  • My Windows phone had a number of his apps on them. I imagine getting hired by Microsoft is a good thing for him--they SHOULD have done that back when Windows phones had a chance and HE was the best developer on the platform. Sadly, I suspect they will just eat his soul and he'll leave the company sooner rather than later.
  • Same feeling here...
  • Welcome - and bring back the panorama! Kill the hamburger!
  • What is PAX. Because when I hear PAX, I think of the video game tradeshow.
  • In this case, Pax = Partner App Experience. Yeah, would've been nice to have that spelled out in the article, since the penny arcade expo is a far more well known PAX acronym.
  • That is awesome!
  • Wooot! Congrats to Rudy Huyn! Best wishes for his new endeavours.
  • Well played Rudy. Always wanted to thank you for the WP apps you created, many of the best. Good luck with your new gig!
  • One of the best pieces of news I have heard so far regarding UWP. All the best to Rudy!
  • Bringing him to revive UWP is like adding more power to a defibrillator to revive a zombie... Im not saying UWP is dead, im saying it is undead - it slumbers around making weird noises and scaring all the devs!
  • Are you a developer?
  • I hope his talents won't be wasted. Actually thought he had joined Microsoft a few years ago. I wish him the best and hopefully we'll see something positive come from it.