Category Archives: Chat

The emotional side of Microsoft

You never knew we had an emotional side, huh? Well, we do and Jenny Lam is it.

She’s one of the most talented designers in the software industry and has already built lots of stuff you see from Microsoft. We recently had a conversation about designing experiences. Yes, we even talk about Apple. And branding. And the round start button in Windows Vista. And how geeks and designers work together to create software. Oh, all that emotional stuff that goes into what you feel when you use a product of ours.

She lists off the tools she uses. Hey, Adobe bloggers, you’ll like what you hear!

Can one person have an impact on the world? Jenny does and you will only need to look at the start button in Windows Vista to see how.

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.