Microsoft – development tools for old guys

I’m sitting in a conference room at a Microsoft sales office watching a presentation on the latest version of Visual Studio (Microsoft’s software development tool). Looking around the room at the other attendees, the majority of attendees appear to be 40-ish and older (including me). By my estimate, there are only 1 or 2 that could be younger than 30.

This is hardly a statistically valid sample size, but it’s consistent with my observation. (I wrote this several years ago reflecting on Microsoft following the path of IBM.)

This isn’t a reflection on the product. I’ve used it for years and think it’s the best tool there is for software development. I wish the environment wouldn’t change to make skills that I’ve honed for years become obsolete.

But – if you’re a Microsoft guy (like I am), you need to realize that the winds are changing.