It is pretty easy to think of the Windows team as one group or one
entity, and then occasionally one specific person comes to represent
the team—perhaps she gave a talk at a conference, wrote a book or
article folks become familiar with, or maybe he has a blog. Within
Microsoft, the Windows product is really a product of the whole company
with people across all the development groups contributing in some form
or another. The Windows engineering team “proper” is jointly managed by
Jon and me. Jon manages the core operating system, which is, among many
things, the kernel, device infrastructure, networking, and the
engineering tools and system (all of which are both client and server).
I am part of the Windows client experience team which develops, among
many things, the shell and desktop, graphics, and media support. One
other significant part of the Windows product is the Windows Media
Center which is a key contribution managed along with all of
Microsoft’s TV support (IPTV, extenders, etc.).
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A very informative post that goes into the intricacies of building Microsoft Windows, Steven has really given a good perspective on the people who are responsible for delivering the features and building the platform that both end users/developers can use to build products and be productive from. Steve pointed the irony of what so many people seem to despise about Windows its size, its too big, too big to manage, yet the amount of comments and request seem to reflect the growing need based on customer demand for more to be added to Windows. Relevant issues the Windows 7 Team have discussed based on what users are asking about is to make Windows even faster, and it is indeed a challenge, but I am glad to see it become a priority in this release.