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Why I’m Leaving Microsoft

Why I’m Leaving Microsoft

Looks like it’s about that time… after 7 years, I’m leaving Microsoft!  This may come as a shock to people who I’ve met over the years, so I’d like to give you all some insight.

This past year was a transformational year for me.  I had completed my responsibilities to launch the closest thing to a startup Microsoft had to offer.  My co-workers were leaving Microsoft in droves.  My product team was primarily based in Shanghai and, after the exodus, I was the only person left in Seattle.  Almost all of my closest friends had left the Seattle area.  My girlfriend and I broke up.  To top it all off, I was diagnosed with

About Paul Mestemaker

Paul Mestemaker is a full stack engineer /Product guy who splits time between Los Angeles and San Francisco. He helps startups launch their MVPs and gather feedback through usability tests and live site metrics. In his former life, Paul was a co-founder of Mythly Studios and System Center Advisor and Head of Product at Close Inc. He co-authored a book on SQL Server performance tuning. He has been rated as a top speaker at conferences (TechEd, PASS, Connections, et al). He is also a guest lecturer at Colleges and Universities across the U.S. He was the co-host of a weekly tech news show with over 6 million views. Paul's proudest accomplishments is unlocking the "World Champ" achievement on Wordament.

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How to get 25GB of Free Storage from SkyDrive

[Update: June 2013]

Are you looking for SkyDrive promo codes?  Sadly, there are currently no offers to get 25GB of free SkyDrive storage.  The offer I originally wrote about expired in 2012.  The good news is you get 7GB for free just for signing up.  Here are all of the active offers I can find for additional free storage:

  1. SkyDrive for Students – If you’re a student (or can prove you have access to a .edu email address), you can get 3GB of additional SkyDrive storage for free!  Head over to www.SkyDriveForStudents.com.  You will get a single email which will include a redemption code that you’ll enter into the SkyDrive web site.  All-in-all it should take less than 2 minutes.
  2. Post any other offers in the comments and I will keep this list updated.

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The SkyDrive team has seriously upped the ante as far as cloud storage goes.

SkyDrive Improvements in April 2012:

  • 2GB file uploads
  • Ability to “fetch” files from your PC on-demand without putting them on SkyDrive.
  • Sync and access files seamlessly across all of your devices including your PC, Mac, iPhone, and Windows Phone!  (As well as anywhere you have a web browser.)
  • Up to 25GB of free storage! (Note: this only works for existing Live IDs and was only available for a limited time. This offer has now expired!  You can stop looking!)

To get upgrade your existing account from 7GB to 25GB just

About Paul Mestemaker

Paul Mestemaker is a full stack engineer /Product guy who splits time between Los Angeles and San Francisco. He helps startups launch their MVPs and gather feedback through usability tests and live site metrics. In his former life, Paul was a co-founder of Mythly Studios and System Center Advisor and Head of Product at Close Inc. He co-authored a book on SQL Server performance tuning. He has been rated as a top speaker at conferences (TechEd, PASS, Connections, et al). He is also a guest lecturer at Colleges and Universities across the U.S. He was the co-host of a weekly tech news show with over 6 million views. Paul's proudest accomplishments is unlocking the "World Champ" achievement on Wordament.

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