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  • Blog Post: Castle and HomeGroup: A study in the evolution of user needs

    Several years ago, at the beginning of the “Longhorn” project (which eventually became Windows Vista), I worked on a project that was attempting to solve the problem of how to make file sharing in small networks (particularly at home) both simple and secure – something that, frankly, Windows has been...
  • Blog Post: Surfing through my phone – Windows Vista and Windows Mobile

    A long time ago when I worked on Windows XP, I worked on a project to add Bluetooth PAN support to Windows. At the time (March 2004), I wrote : We also added Bluetooth Personal Area Networking (PAN) support. PAN is a Bluetooth profile that essentially creates a standard IP network over a Bluetooth connection...
  • Blog Post: A laptop that makes me grin – Lenovo Thinkpad X300

    About a month ago (shortly after joining a new team ), I upgraded laptops at work. For the first time in my Microsoft career, I selected a non-Toshiba laptop, choosing the ridiculously small delight of the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 . Yes, that would be the 3.5 pound, 0.73 inch thick, 13.3 inch widescreen...
  • Blog Post: Vista DST coolness

    Blah, blah, blah, Daylight Saving Time is changing ... Yawn. This , however, is very cool mini-feature in the Vista clock (click on your clock on the tray). One thing I like about Vista is the tiny little features that add up to a great experience.
  • Blog Post: Windows and Office Launch Video

    I like this one, too.
  • Blog Post: On names and codenames...

    The naming of products at Microsoft is something that never ceases to fascinate the world. The latest thing to get the blogosphere's proverbial knickers in a twist is the re-renaming of Windows Live Mail to Windows Live Hotmail. Well, guess what... I actually have no opinion on this re-rename. Why? Because...
  • Blog Post: And the reason we don't shout this from the rooftops is...?

    So, apparently, the Origami team working on UI for the Ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) form-factor (sexy name, eh), have been working hard on new experiences. Apparently, it's been called by some " the best software I've seen at CES ." I have to admit, it looks damn cool. What I don't understand is why we're...
  • Blog Post: Musings on Consistency in OS Design

    I'm a bit behind in my browsing and posting, but I wanted to note that Pierre Igot has posted parts 2 & 3 of the Mac OS X Hall of Shame. I take these articles as object lessons -- examples of things I wouldn't want to repeat, and an opportunity to get a different perspective. In part 2, Pierre...
  • Blog Post: And introducing...

    Alright, so I’m blogging. I’m Sean Lyndersay, and I’m a lead Program Manager on the Network Experience team in Windows (at Microsoft). What’s that mean? I don’t know either, but it sounds good, so I’m going to stick with it. Maybe I’ll explain it later. If anyone cares. Anyway, I’m out here… trying out...
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