Michael Gartenberg joins Microsoft

Long-time industry analyst Michael Gartenberg has been keeping us informed about technology issues while working with Jupiter Research.  I had the pleasure of meeting Michael late last year at a conference in Boston and found him to be a witty, charming and knowledgeable fellow with interesting ideas about computing, technology and especially mobile technology.  Microsoft apparently thinks so too as Michael has announced he is leaving Jupiter and joining Microsoft as an “enthusiast evangelist”.  What is that exactly?  From Michael:

Our job is to find, engage and work with enthusiasts and other influencers and show them all the cool stuff that Microsoft is doing. In short, it’s our job to act as the bridge between Microsoft and end users. I’ll be based in NY but will have close ties to folks like Jeff Sandquist in Redmond.

Kudos to Microsoft for bringing Michael on board and kudos for creating this type of position to liase between the company and the end-user.  Good luck to Michael and I hope to run into him again soon.