Microsoft's IronRuby team ground down
According to one of the developers who left recently, Microsoft's dynamic language team, responsible for the IronRuby port to the .NET platform, is now down to one person. Jimmy Schementi wrote in his blog that he had left Microsoft after seeing a "serious lack of commitment" to IronRuby by the company. Version 1.0 of IronRuby was only released in April.
This leaves Tomáš Matoušek as the sole member of the IronRuby team; Microsoft had already halved the size of the development team to two people a year ago, which according to Schementi, severely limited the teams agility, leaving them unable to deliver IronRuby integration with VisualStudio and delaying the VisualStudio IronPython integration. The final straw for Schementi came when his manager asked him if there was anything he wanted to work on that wasn't Ruby.
In a later posting on the IronRuby list, Schementi and others are considering options for the future of IronRuby as a community project. He says he is looking for Microsoft, if they intend to stop funding development, to hand IronRuby off to a non-profit foundation such as the CodePlex Foundation.