posted by Nicole

Almost a year into MessengerSays we thought it would be a great time to get some fresh fingers (Leah we miss you already!). However, you couldn’t drag me away from MessengerSays so we will be sticking around for a while.

I am absolutely giddy about the new round of bloggers

Where else can you read the ramblings of a retired professor poker player, hot air balloonist,  equestrian extraordinaire, burrito connoisseur, halo wiz and a rock climber all in one place? No where – expect MessengerSays.

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Ali

I am a program manager on the Windows Live Messenger Server team. I have been working on the server since January and before that, I worked on the client for 3.5 years. I am originally from New York, but I enjoy the Seattle area immensely. I got my BS in Computer Engineering and MSE in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. In my spare time, I like to ride horses, sing with my choir and cook. I am excited to start blogging and getting to know the Messenger community better.

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 Chris

I just graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a Computer Science degree. When I got a job offer to be a Program Manager for Windows Live Messenger server, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I work on a wide variety of features for Messenger server. Right now, I am trying to keep pesky spammers out of Messenger and increasing the number of people that you can make a call to within Windows Live Messenger. I love wandering around downtown Seattle, reading books recommended by friends (currently reading Cat’s Cradle, recommended to me by the burrito wrapper at Chipotle), and doing pretty much anything geeky (can’t deny who I am).

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Jason

I grew up in rural Northwest Ohio among the corn and beans. I attended Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois (more corn and beans) and majored in Computer Science and Voice. I moved to Seattle in June of 1999 and have been here ever since.

I’ve worked on Internet Explorer, Windows Presentation Foundation, and now Windows Live Messenger! I focus on the conversation window, personal expression features, and other related features.

When I’m not working, I enjoy singing, cooking, and drinking. (I’m also a licensed bartender… )

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Justin

I’m an opinionated, software engineer that has been working on Contacts for the last couple of years (in MSN Premium, Windows Live Messenger, and Windows Live Mail desktop). Things I respect: chillin’ w’t one’s homies, representin’ in Halo, writing at a coffee shoppe (Seattle has a bunch), and making films. Most people consider me to be a Californian, since I went to USC (Fight On!) and have an easy-going nature, but I was actually born/raised in Chicago-land. As a result, I have an indelible belief that “the Cubs will go all-the-way [this year].”

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Nasa

I’ve worked on Messenger since 1.0 and had the privilege to see its great growth over the years. These days I’m hanging out with some of Windows Live backend systems (like Messenger) to help make sure they can scale, scale, scale! My (small) claim to fame on the Messenger client is: I submitted the suggestion for the plate emoticon (before they had burger, pizza, etc) to indicate “food” and it actually made it into the product. J When I’m not working, you’ll often find me traveling, scuba diving, or climbing. I’m a Washington native and I love the outdoors!

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Nicole

I grew up in the city of totems and the land of the giant hockey stick, Duncan, BC, Canada. I have a Computer Science degree (UVIC), an MBA (UW), and a drivers license (WDOL) – watch out Seattle! I am program manager on the Windows Live Messenger Client team. I work on the Conversation Window, Login, Setup and several things I can’t yet blog about. I have been a MessengerSays blogger for almost a year. My husband, Jeff, and I just celebrated our second anniversary. Not so little known fact: We got married in the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning (aka Hatley Castle). When I am not at work I like to take hot air balloon rides, go to musicals (most recently Wicked), read books (most recently Unlocking the meaning of Lost), play ultimate, golf, sail, play racquetball and watch TiVo.

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Wendy the Mighty

I was born in New Haven, Connecticut, but made my way to Las Vegas by the time I was one and a half (grin).  Even then, I knew that Vegas would be a dominant theme in my life, heh.  I went to MIT – many times in fact – finally graduating a few years ago with a decent GPA and a joint degree in English Lit and Computer Science.   In between attending MIT and attending MIT, I was on the MIT Blackjack team (yes, the one from the books), and was a professional poker player for just under a decade.  I am attempting to shed the habit of bluffing without provocation, but I still do so on occasion, especially on holidays and weekdays containing the letter ‘r’.  Professionally, I work on Messenger UX and Platform and am currently focused on Offline Instant Messages, and Add-ins.  Add-ins is a feature not enabled by default (yet!!) but is a really cool extensibility vehicle that allows you to mess with Messenger in new and interesting ways.  Stay tuned for at least one blog entry on Add-ins.  In my oodles of spare time (grin), I am creating a podcast for my own amusement.  I have decided it is going to be British (which I am not), be based in Lancaster (although recorded in Bellevue, WA), and contain as little factual information as I can get away with.  Yay!!

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