Yes, but they also instituted stack ranking for performance reviews about the same time, so by now the upper echelons are hopelessly full of people whose core competencies are "pushing others under the bus" and "making it look like an accident", instead of engineering and leadership.
I'm hoping someday a former executive will write a tell-all book about the backstabbing in Redmond... and title it "A Game of Chairs".
...and more marketing synergies with other exciting products and services in the Microsoft ecosystem!
Boring, old T-SQL: "SELECT USER_ID FROM USERS..."
New dialect coming in SQL Server 2014: "BING USER_ID FROM USERS..."
Suggest you just sit there and wait till life gets easier.