I've been asked the following questions recently about my move and my thesis. Over and over and over again. So, here are the answers, so that it's all answered at once.
Q: When are you leaving for Microsoft?
A: End of December, early January. I've not decided on an exact date, nor where I'll be for New Years. No, I'm not going to be in Singapore for Christmas - I'll likely be in Burlington with by Aunts and Grandma for a couple of days on each side of the 25th.
Q: Will you be finished your thesis by then?
Q: So... what are you going to do... about graduating?
A: Change my status to part-time, finish my thesis while working in Seattle.
Q: You're never going to get it finished out there!
A: Well I'm not going to get it finished here, so I don't have much choice do I? Yes, I realize I'll be busy at Microsoft. Yes, I know it'll be hard to stay motivated. I'll just have to tough it out and make it work.
Q: Why don't you push back your start date?
A: It's already pushed back as far as I could manage. At this point, I'm contractually obligated to be there by Jan 16th, and subject to huge penalites if I don't work for at least a year.
Q: What are you doing at Microsoft?
A: I'll be working as a developer on the engine for Microsoft's anti-* (likely antivirus) team.
Q: When will you be back next?
A: Don't know. Likely sometime in the first 6-8 months, I'll come visit Waterloo. Vancouverites can expect visits sooner and more regularly.
Q: What about PhD?
A: I've never planned to do a PhD. I've not yet built enough interest to dedicate 3 more years to it. I could if I wanted, and may consider going back to it later. Yes, I know that isn't all that likely to happen.
Heh, so now you all know.