China, my new home

It’s funny, this blog started off with my visit to China earlier this year, and here I am making my first update in a belated long summer, back in China, but this time, as a resident alien!  My family and I just moved here, we are living in "the most important city in the world" (as some are calling it)–Beijing.  I’m joining the team over here to help out with the Microsoft UX business.  I’ll be living in China but working with Korea, Japan, India, Australia, and other geographies in the region–there is so much vibrancy to the cultures, the business community, and of course, for the internet and web business.

This summer summarized in 1 paragraph = shipping Silverlight 1.0 was a blast, and the momentum in the market is awesome… we’ve got amazing partners lining up worldwide, and i’m really psyched to be over here in Asia where 40%+ of broadband connections exist and the growth and excitement in the market is second to none.  Going to be fun! 

Here’s a picture of me and the kids eating our first of many dim sum meals in town–my 6 year old said "this dim sum is like 10x better than Seattle’s", and he is of course underplaying the divide!  Oh-my-god, the "chinese" food back home is indeed a different beast completely from what we’ve enjoyed here in just our first week.  I’m taking pictures of all the food we eat, plan on making a Silverlight widget of "food forest has eaten in china" for one of my killer demos some day!

PS: Using Windows Live Writer new beta–at last, red squiggly lines for misspelled words–ahh, technology is wonderful! 

4 thoughts on “China, my new home

  1. It\’s amazing how wrapped up in the US one can get.   I know the international market is critical to Silverlight and WPF adoption so I\’m glad to see you and Microsoft have setup shop in Bejing to ensure it\’s success.
     
    Good luck and look forward to the reports.
    Kurt 

  2. Congratulations, Forest,
     
    This must be a wonderful experience: I hope you will have time to experience the culture (including the language), the history and the cuisine, of course! Looking forward to some interesting blogs! – All the best! 

  3. (Oooops, that was me…)
     
    Congratulations, Forest,
     
    This must be a wonderful experience: I hope you will have time to experience the culture (including the language), the history and the cuisine, of course! Looking forward to some interesting blogs! – All the best! 12 September 21:01 

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