A conversation with Windows Vista Kernel Team

This is Channel 9’s Christmas Present to geeks everywhere. A candid conversation with the team that’s building Windows Vista’s kernel. I even ask if they wish the registry had never been invented. But, Charles Torre did most of the interviewing. Being in a room with these guys for an hour makes my brain hurt.

They give a lot of details about how they are rearchitecting Windows to make it easier to ship new, higher-quality, versions of the OS.

I don’t remember any conference where these four people get together and just have a simple conversation. In 2006 I’m going to push for even more corporate transparency into why we do the things we do. Since much of the world has bet on our products, shouldn’t the world have better conversations with the folks who build those products?

Think about the impact on the world these four people have. If there are going to be hundreds of millions of people using Windows Vista (and that’s if it’s a market failure), and these four people find a way to increase computer speeds even a few seconds a day (or do something similarly impressive to increase productivity), imagine the economic impact of that.

Happy Holidays from building 18 on Microsoft’s headquarters! Hope you have a good one!

Update, I wish I were back in Belgium with this Nine Guy.

Comments

  1. happy holidays, hope the wife lets you get that damn hd set haha, after seeing all of the nice new ones at CES you’re going to have a hard time NOT wanting one.

    downloading this channel 9 video to watch after i wake up from this horrible holiday party hang over.

  2. happy holidays, hope the wife lets you get that damn hd set haha, after seeing all of the nice new ones at CES you’re going to have a hard time NOT wanting one.

    downloading this channel 9 video to watch after i wake up from this horrible holiday party hang over.

  3. Doug: heheh, when I was at Google in the middle of the day I couldn’t get a parking spot (they had valets who were triple parking the cars). I can’t imagine what it’s like there at 3 a.m.! :-)

  4. Doug: heheh, when I was at Google in the middle of the day I couldn’t get a parking spot (they had valets who were triple parking the cars). I can’t imagine what it’s like there at 3 a.m.! :-)

  5. Hey, who do you have to sleep with to get a Channel 9 guy?? If I could get one, he’d become the centerpiece of my cubicle at work… Like a shrine to our Redmond overlords!

  6. Hey, who do you have to sleep with to get a Channel 9 guy?? If I could get one, he’d become the centerpiece of my cubicle at work… Like a shrine to our Redmond overlords!

  7. If there are going to be hundreds of millions of people using Windows Vista (and that’s if it’s a market failure), and these four people find a way to increase computer speeds even a few seconds a day (or do something similarly impressive to increase productivity), imagine the economic impact of that.

    Wow, that’s just what Steve Jobs said to the Mac team about the boot time of the first Mac…from http://www.folklore.org/StoryView.py?project=Macintosh&story=Saving_Lives.txt&sortOrder=Sort%20by%20Date&detail=medium&search=boot

    Larry Kenyon was the engineer working on the disk driver and file system. Steve came into his cubicle and started to exhort him. “The Macintosh boots too slowly. You’ve got to make it faster!”

    Larry started to explain about some of the places where he thought that he could improve things, but Steve wasn’t interested. He continued, “You know, I’ve been thinking about it. How many people are going to be using the Macintosh? A million? No, more than that. In a few years, I bet five million people will be booting up their Macintoshes at least once a day.”

    “Well, let’s say you can shave 10 seconds off of the boot time. Multiply that by five million users and thats 50 million seconds, every single day. Over a year, that’s probably dozens of lifetimes. So if you make it boot ten seconds faster, you’ve saved a dozen lives. That’s really worth it, don’t you think?”

  8. If there are going to be hundreds of millions of people using Windows Vista (and that’s if it’s a market failure), and these four people find a way to increase computer speeds even a few seconds a day (or do something similarly impressive to increase productivity), imagine the economic impact of that.

    Wow, that’s just what Steve Jobs said to the Mac team about the boot time of the first Mac…from http://www.folklore.org/StoryView.py?project=Macintosh&story=Saving_Lives.txt&sortOrder=Sort%20by%20Date&detail=medium&search=boot

    Larry Kenyon was the engineer working on the disk driver and file system. Steve came into his cubicle and started to exhort him. “The Macintosh boots too slowly. You’ve got to make it faster!”

    Larry started to explain about some of the places where he thought that he could improve things, but Steve wasn’t interested. He continued, “You know, I’ve been thinking about it. How many people are going to be using the Macintosh? A million? No, more than that. In a few years, I bet five million people will be booting up their Macintoshes at least once a day.”

    “Well, let’s say you can shave 10 seconds off of the boot time. Multiply that by five million users and thats 50 million seconds, every single day. Over a year, that’s probably dozens of lifetimes. So if you make it boot ten seconds faster, you’ve saved a dozen lives. That’s really worth it, don’t you think?”