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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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. PAN…

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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, boot-to-desktop-in-25 seconds (5 seconds…

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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.


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 while Live Mail is orders…

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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 not shouting this…


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….

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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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