CRN: Tong Gone From Microsoft

_The web is amazing, but not great for long term clipping. So saving for posterity some old articles about me for the kids to read someday_

“Tong Gone From Microsoft”:
Veteran Executive Takes Leave
By Barbara Darrow, Computer Reseller News
3:59 PM EST Tues., Feb. 01, 2000

Rich Tong, a longtime Microsoft Corp. executive who worked on products ranging from the early Excel to the most recent BackOffice suite is leaving the company.

Tong served in a variety of capacities from Excel product manager to, most recently, vice president of marketing for the Business Productivity Application group. He has been very involved in BackOffice.

He was a well-respected member of the executive team, although he had taken a lower profile of late, said sources inside the company.

A Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed Tong’s departure, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and look into other opportunities.

“He is a very multitasking kind of guy. Perfect for Microsoft. Rarely would you get his full attention, but he always got the message. A lot of cycles, drive and energy,” said one former Microsoft executive.

Tong’s last day will be Tuesday, the spokeswoman said.

Some worried about a brain-drain at the company coming at a crucial time,just before the launch of Windows 2000, the biggest product of its history. “This is a big year for BackOffice so this doesn’t look good,” said Rick Sherlund, partner at Goldman Sachs & Co., New York.

Indeed, Microsoft is revamping the suite of server applications, including SQL Server, Exchange Server and Internet Information Server, to take advantage of Windows 2000.

“At some point, you’ve got to wonder how deep their bench is,” said Steve Kleynhans, vice president of The Meta Group, Stamford, Conn. “They’ve lost a lot of experienced people, not all of whom are household names,” he noted.

Tong’s duties will be assumed by Liz King, another Microsoft veteran, said sources inside the company.

Microsoft has seen its share of departures in the past few years, and executives with stock options that vest can depart as millionaires or even billionaires. Tong, who joined the company in 1988 after a stint as software engineer at LSI Logic Corp., would almost certainly fall in that camp, even though Microsoft shares are now trading just north of $101.

Tong could not be reached for comment.- CRN

Grace at One Month

Grace as a newborn in the first month or so. Many folks came to visit here
and the boys just think she is great…

Here is Calvin and you can see how
much he loves his new baby sister…

with Alex and Grace. These are rare shots of Heather. Typically she is hiding
behind a door, but the kids trapped her!

Connie with Aunt Eve and Helen showing off the baby…

Grace at Birth

Here is Grace moments after birth. Seems like she
didn’t like the delivery too much, although Connie looks very happy

weighed in at 8 lb 4 oz which is pretty impressive I think…

are famous people holding the baby the day she was born. That includes Jennie,
her new Aunts Judy and Elizabeth too…

bonded right away and so did Grace…

Alex in Year Two

30308_03s.JPG (3558 bytes)         Here
is Alex scared to death on a horse

30308_04s.JPG (3908 bytes)         Alex
just loves merry-go-rounds

30308_10s.JPG (3952 bytes)   Wow, what a mess Alex makes

30308_11s.JPG (3809 bytes)
          Here is Alex just falling asleep

30308_19s.JPG (2548 bytes)30308_17s.JPG (2897 bytes) Wonderful evening

Alexander and the Bunny

Here a great sequence of Alex with one of his favorite toys, a big bunny. He’s so great
playing on the floor. This was taken at our old house on Calhoun. One of the last photo
sequences there during the summer before Calvin arrived.

Alex at Kirkland Park

We’ve just moved to Clyde Hill, so this is before Calvin arrives. Doesn’t Connie look
great even eight months pregnant. Alex just loves playing in the water and it was such a
great sunny day.

Alex and his favorite bunny!

Alex has so many pictures I branched it to this page

More photos of Alex

At Dad’s birthday, seeing Calvin for the first time in the hospital

Alex at Calvin's Birth

Alex at One year

Alex and Connie Here he is at about 12 months enjoying a wonderful
day on Mike Nash’s boat.

  • Alex and Connie on Mike’s boat. Click here for 40K
  • Alex in his Chinese Man’s outfit at Xmas. Click here
  • Alex trying to stand. Click here
  • Alex close up. Click here
  • Alex and his friend Kaya yucking it up. Click here
  • Alex and Kaya staring at me. Click here
  • Alex with Aunt Jennie. Click here

Connie’s Summer

The darling
person who made me come up to Seattle?right now, she’s doing research at
University of Washington after having spent a few years working in a small
private practice and Virginia Mason. Here she is enjoying a beautiful day on
Lake Washington.

Alex and Connie with
Elana’s Kids at Legoland.

dearest friend with her latest baby

Here she is with Alex
and a very young Calvin

Here she is the summer of
1999 with the boys

An older picture of Alex with Connie

On the boat before all
those kids happened

Connie with Calvin on his first day back

Connie with little Calvin at one year of age

on the boat with Alex