I’m leaving Microsoft

Here’s my resignation “letter”:

51 Comments

51 Responses to “I’m leaving Microsoft”

  1. Kevin April 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Glad to see you found what you wanted. Rock on!

  2. P. April 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I spent two wonderful internships at MSFT. I loved my job over there and how the team said goodbye for me. After watching your video I regret that I haven’t made such awsome goodbye.

    Good luck!

  3. Max April 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Life is too short to work at a job you don’t like!
    Godspeed!

  4. GADEL April 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    You’ve got a beautiful voice.

  5. Jesse April 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Judging by the creativity of this song any company would be luck to have you.

  6. Cb April 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Wow! You totally got featured on Techcrunch. Way to go, even though that may not have been your immediate intention it’s still pretty darn cool. As a former Seattle-ite give it a hug for me.

    Kick butt at Justin.tv

  7. Sody C. April 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Love the parody!!! Always keep that contagious smile in whatever you do! It sure as heck kept me smiling during the duration of your song! <3

    Sody

  8. RICHARD SIMPSON II April 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    love it. very creative.

  9. Steve P April 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    Lovely voice and GREAT parody! :D Great wishes in your next endeavor! :D

  10. Evan Richardson April 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    You’re very pretty, you have a gorgeous voice, and you can play an instrument. Best of luck to you with your new job, any company would be privileged to have you

  11. Bankole April 19, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    Very creative Karen! I like the guitar too, if I knew what type it is, I’d go look for one

  12. Manu April 19, 2012 at 4:10 am #

    beautiful voice.
    good luck with your new job

    Emmanuel, Paris (France)

  13. Kian Meng April 19, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    Totally cool and awesome! All the best to you! Good luck!

  14. gather April 19, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    不知道你是否看得懂中文 :)
    刚刚在sina看到的新闻,标题是“微软女工程师最文艺跳槽:K歌一首献给老东家”,感觉蛮好,看到视频中的网址特地来这里留言给你,祝福万事顺利,梦想成真,呵呵。

  15. David Macdowall April 19, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    You rock.

  16. martys April 19, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    this is the BEST farewell I’ve seen in 20 years at msft! good luck.

  17. Curtis G. Smith April 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Congratulations! You certainly have the talent and best of all a good imagination! Reach for the sky. Leadership is a lonely profession but as Ken Olsen, Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, (DEC) told me “If everyone agrees with you then you are not leading or managing” Best of luck!!!

  18. Lance April 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Awesome way to resign. Based on the creativity, you need to be a designer!!! Good luck in your endeavor down here in the Bay Area!!!
    We are lucky to have someone like you join the awesomeness that is the Bay Area!!! :)
    (Yeah, a lil biased!!!)

  19. Bruno Tramaloni April 20, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    I like your song.
    You rock.
    Be happy with your new job.
    Have a nice day.

  20. Edabos April 20, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Wow ! Quelle brillante idée que cette chanson de départ, exécuté avec brio et une joie de vivre contagieuse.
    Bravo Mme. Cheng

  21. Derek April 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    You are amazing… Best wishes for your future.

  22. Txongoku April 21, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Nice voice ; )

  23. Ali April 21, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Well done … Now if I ever lunch Excel again; I would think of this :D

  24. Pete F April 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Awesome song! Was sad there wasn’t a twitter feed listed. Welcome to SF!

  25. John April 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    This made me smile. :)

  26. Robert V. April 22, 2012 at 3:42 am #

    Just better without Micro$oft!! Nothing to regret later!
    Great step!

  27. Patrik Järvelöv April 22, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Hi!

    Great song, great voice! You made my day with this video, so I just want to say thank you! And good luck with your new job!

    Best wishes
    Patrik Järvelöv, Sweden

  28. awesomejbears April 22, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    At least you can go on one of the talent shows if the start up doesn’t work out ! gl

  29. Vincent April 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    I read Taiwanese news to find your blog. Good job! Here is news link:

    http://www.techbang.com/posts/9055-qian-united-states-microsoft-excel-project-manager-sing-leaving-song

  30. Adam April 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Hi Karen,

    You probably have already known by now that your resignation ‘letter’ has been featured on really popular sites like Gizmodo and Neatorama. You’re an inspiration. Not just because of your talents, but your record on Linkedin also motivates the hell out of me as a uni freshman. For now, I’ll be hoping working harder to get there.

    I wish you all the best for your future endeavors.

    See you at the top!

    - Adam

  31. Norton April 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Good parody and very nice voice!
    Good luck!
    (Brazil)

  32. Chris April 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    I will never use Excel again without thinking of this song. Thanks!

    Wonderful voice!

  33. Dan April 23, 2012 at 12:56 am #

    You are famous now! Your video being in many news sites. Seeing the video, I think the designer role suits you more.

  34. Simone April 23, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    you rule :)
    Auguri
    Simone, Italy

  35. michel April 23, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    suerte y enhorabuena por tu creativa e innovadora despedida. Good luck Karen.
    Michel.

  36. heretic April 24, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    I’ve heard you are a programmer, but why are you fairly attractive? And another, quite personal question: why did you or your parents leave your homeland? Prosperity? Success?
    Do you want a land of milk and honey? A land of freedom? A land where people come from rags to riches?
    Or maybe a land what democracises everyone? A land that bombs civilians? Or a land that takes drastic measures at every hot spot?
    A land where everyone is welcome, except middle americans who are shot down at fences? Or a country for whose money soldiers die a miserable death all over the world?
    A land that launchs shuttles into the space? That sprays Agent Orange over a whole nation? That compel respect for its views with torture, murder and threatening gestures?

    The most beautiful land on earth, where the pacific curls on golden beaches? Where the people hold bliss in their hands. Maybe you wanted to live there, because it pleases you.

  37. LENNY April 25, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    THis is awesome!!! I wish you the very best in San Fran…. I’m going through the same thoughts at my company….could use some advice?:)

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