Rob Howard joined Microsoft in August of 2005, and currently works as a Program Manager on the SharePoint engineering team. He currently focuses on defining SharePoint's new application model, attracting a broader set of developers to the SharePoint platform, and enabling these developers to build collaborative productivity applications more efficiently and effectively by leveraging the capabilities of the SharePoint. In previous releases Rob worked on areas like sandboxed solutions, SharePoint solution deployment, and SharePoint Designer. Rob has a passion for collaborative applications because they can enhance individual and organizational productivity by ensuring that the people and information vital to completing a task are connected and readily available in the appropriate contexts.