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5 minutes interview #25–Petri Tapio Wilhelmsen

Petri has just taken over for Rune Grothaug at Microsoft, being NNUG’s contact inside of Microsoft. He’s been a developer for 3 years, and an MVP for 1 year.

What did you do before you started at Microsoft?
I was a consultant at Avanade Nordics where I worked with technologies like Silverlight, WPF, Microsoft Surface and SharePoint for three years, but my passion for technology started long before that. When I was 10 years old I got a Christmas gift from my father, a book named “Du og Dino lærer Basic”, basically a children book on how to program with Basic. Later I started doing graphics- and game programming using C++, and participating in communities. I was also in 2009 awarded the Microsoft MVP award on graphics programming.

What will be your main everyday tasks at Microsoft?
Well, right now I’m trying to learn what I should do. But, it will be mostly about helping- and building communities, MSDN Live and MSDN Flash. But, my main task will be to reach out to Norwegian developers, and be their contact-person in Microsoft.

Do you have any plans on how to make the community even stronger?
Right now, my focus has been to learn my new role. As I earlier mentioned, I haven’t been able to think too much about this yet, but I do have some plans. I will have to learn what communities we have and work from there.

Other than computers, do you have any hobbies?
During the winters I usually go snowboarding with my friends, and even snow kiting when I have that possibility. During the summers I’m kite surfing around Oslo and sometimes out of the country. Other than that I like to play games on my Xbox360 and my computer.

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