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 working for a long time….

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XP SP2 pictures (squeaky wheels?)

Shortly after my previous whining about Paul Thurrott not noticing the new wireless UI, he posted an updated review of the SP2 beta which had some glowing things to say about the wireless experience. Things like that are really great, not just for me, but for the whole team who worked on radically improving the wireless…

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Where do icons come from?

One of the more interesting things I worked on during the past few months was the development of a new “wireless“ icon for Windows. I found it a fascinating process and I thought it would be illuminating to share what we go through. Icons are interesting things. They have to be both representative and abstract. Suggestive…

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Windows XP SP2 RC1 Preview

First, go get it: http://www.microsoft.com/SP2Preview (disclaimer — this is beta code, don’t install it on a production machine) Now, what do you think? This has been an interesting ride for us. Six or seven months ago, SP2 was just another service pack — bug fixes mostly, some targeted customer-driven design changes, sure, but mostly following…

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And about that Home Networking guide…

I’m still looking for some feedback on the Home Networking Guide. As I said below, my team shipped this tool a little while back. It helps users figure out what’s the best home network (hardware, media types, etc) for their environment, helps with purchasing, and installing the hardware. I’d love to know what people think…

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Some reviews

I’ll post more later, but for now, here are a couple reviews of Windows XP SP2 Beta, that discuss some of the new Wireless UI that I’ve been working on for the past year. Check them out at Ars Technica and SecurityPipeline. Oh, and actually, I’m deeply hurt that Paul Thurott didn’t notice any of…

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Home Networking Guide

My team shipped an interesting tool a little while back. It helps users figure out what’s the best home network (hardware, media types, etc) for their environment, helps with purchasing, and installing the hardware. It’s called the Home Networking Guide, and I’d love to know what people think about it: Download it here. There’s a…

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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 this…

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