Why michaelw.net? I’ve been michaelw since my first day at Microsoft. In those days, you were known as much by your eight letter email name as by anything else. To this day there are still some people whose real name is is all but dark to me but whose email name continues to shine. Leaving Microsoft doesn’t help either.
One could pity the poor folk who are forever saddled with one of Microsoft’s odd email addresses. The “T Dash” temporary employees, the “C Dash” contractors (gone now in the wake of a messy court decision about benefits) and the “V Dash” vendors (actually contractors but working for contracting company) who replaced them. Even those people sometimes had email names that just stuck.
Even if the name doesn’t stick, the email name doesn’t go away and brings back fond memories of life