With these simple words, Paul, our release manager, released Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 to manufacturing.
It was quite a day. In fact as late as 9 pm yesterday (the day before RTM), I was in the office digging though some code looking at what were hoped were some false positive warnings on a security tool we ran against some of the code – lucky for everyone (because any of them could have been a ship stopping bugs), everything was clear, and I went to bed knowing we just had a little more bureaucracy to finish before 11:30 am, when Paul would make the Approve/Reject release decision. Everything went well, and as each manager shouted, whooped and yelled that their components were ready, Paul hit the approve button. Applause, champagne and a hand-cranked air air raid siren, which had been brought in to mark the occasion, blared throughout the building. I must admit – I have not drunk a lot of the Microsoft koolaid while I have been here, but it was an oddly touching moment. I know a lot of those guys (myself included), have sweated, torn their hair out, and spent too much time away from their families to get to the ship date. We were all smiles, hugs and handshakes. It was a very good day to be on the team.
After that, we headed off to the soccer field for the ship party. Tons of food, drinks, games and for once Seattle played along – the weather was great. Just as well, because there were a half dozen hot tubs there which people used to dunk each other into. Unsuspecting folks would be swooped up by their team mates and just dropped into the drink. It was a very good party.
And of course we got a ship gift – a Zune HD (16gb model), in black, with ‘Exchange Server 2010’ etched on the back – and a very short email from Rajesh, the vice president in charge of Exchange – “You did a good job – take tomorrow off”.