In a June 10, 2006 post headlined "Correcting the Record about Microsoft, Robert Scoble, the Microsoft Technical Evangelist who is leaving the company to join PodTech.net in Silicon Valley, says "I'm seeing some things on the blogs that just chap my hide." He is referring to the news and growing speculation surrounding his decision to leave Microsoft, which he has represented well. At least he made me, and I presume others, look at the company differently. Some won't like Microsoft no matter what it does.
Scoble addresses the speculation surrounding his new undertaking in eight points. However, I will not quote from them here because they need to be read together and in context. The best place to do that is at Scobleizer, his influential blog.
Scoble concluded the post with this: "So, what about the other news? This is a rapidly-evolving part of my life. I just made this decision and it got out before I was completely ready to talk about it. I invite you to meet with me at the VLoggerCon tomorrow evening at 3 to 6 p.m. in San Francisco where we'll talk about it further (and I'll post again tomorrow about what's going on in my life and why I made this decision).
"Oh, and thanks Niall Kennedy for your post. I really appreciate your friendship and am so glad you're at Microsoft."
As best as I can tell, Tom Foremski at SiliconValleyWatcher was the first to report this event. He noted in a June 10, 2006 post that, "Andy Plesser from Plesser Holland and the videoblog Beet.tv just called and told me Robert Scoble is leaving Microsoft and will join Podtech.net, the podcasting network. He will be moving from Seattle to Silicon Valley," Foremski wrote.