Belated happy first birthday, Windows 7

On Friday, the marketing folks informed me that they decided to put me on the Microsoft Careers United States home page in recognition of Windows 7's first birthday. It's an honor and to be honest a bit scary to be chosen to be the face of Windows on a day of such significance. (They told me that had narrowed it down to me and "some Director of Test". Sorry, Director of Test; maybe they'll pick you for Windows 7's second birthday.)

I think my picture is still there (they didn't tell me how long it was going to be up), but here's a screen capture just to prove it to my relatives:

Here's looking at you, kid.

(Thank goodness they cropped out my withered hand.)

I wondered what would happen if I clicked Find jobs like mine. What did they consider to be jobs like mine? Alas, it just takes you to the job search page with no criteria filled in. Maybe every job at Microsoft is like mine?

One of my colleagues teased me, "Did you really legally change your last name to Windows?"

Comments (33)
  1. Luka Kladaric says:

    it's not exactly "the job search with no criteria filled in"… United States and Windows Divison is prefilled when you follow that link :)

  2. aaawww says:

    whoa! less nerdish than expected!

  3. RCGodward says:

    You should have told your colleague that Windows is your middle name.

  4. configurator says:

    Congratulations! You definitely deserve it.

  5. JohnW says:

    Very nice.. May we be so lucky to benefit from the wisdom shared by future Raymonds.

  6. tourtlis says:

    hhmm, so that's what you look like. I was imagining something a bit more sage like, definitely much older than you really are.

  7. Marquess says:

    Whoa, you just achieved a new level of cool!

    (But seriously, what where the “Raymond Windows” ad people thinking, especially with that “Windows” being totally superfluous?)

  8. Chris says:

    Congratulations, Raymond!

  9. Troll says:

    And happy 9th birthday, Windows XP. XP customers will juice out whatever they can till 2014 and then migrate to some other category. XP is good enough for what they do with their PC, they don't wish to lose functionality in an "upgrade". Microsoft can continue to reward its customers with loss of functionality in Windows 8 and oversimplify their lives, taking away all customization and breaking search, Explorer, WMP, Windows Live and IE9.

  10. @Troll: after "Vista sucks", we jumped straight to "Windows 8 sucks"? What is it, preemptive trolling?

  11. Nick says:

    Nice.  And the filename of the image: Hero_WindowsPromo_690x294.jpg

    Three cheers for Raymond Windows, Hero of Microsoft!


  12. Marc says:

    I always thought they hired actors for those things.

  13. GSerg says:



    Unrelated (but important): where is the older content? Every now and then, I look up something with Google, and it's just not there. Example:…/395332.aspx

    Or is that second comment by Raymond Chen is actually the post contents? (Doesn't seem like it though).

    [Um, that's the comment feed. -Raymond]
  14. GSerg says:

    Ouch… Never knew that. Only saw it for the first time after the /b/ migration, so always thought it was a glitch or something.

    [Oh, it's almost certainly a glitch. -Raymond]
  15. MarcT says:

    After living together for so many years, Microsoft and Raymond Windows have finally tied the knot! Congratulations!

  16. Mike Dunn says:

    Congrats Raymond! At long last, you're famous!

  17. mikeb says:

    >> (Thank goodness they cropped out my withered hand.) <<

    They're saving that shot for their accessibility-oriented ad campaign.

    >> One of my colleagues teased me, "Did you really legally change your last name to Windows?"  <<

    And when will you show us *your* Windows tattoo (

  18. JamesNT says:

    Congratulations, Mr. Chen!!


  19. Judah Himango says:

    Congrats, Raymond, very cool.

  20. Ariel says:

    Aww, yay! Cool to see my photos of you still in rotation, even after moving on from Microsoft. :)

  21. Timothy Byrd says:

    Matteo: I think it's called "future proofing".

    It's been so long, I don't remember – but back when XP came out was there a hue and cry of complaint from people who were used to Win2000 and NT4?

    Anyway, much as I am used to XP, I figure that hardware has changed enough (e.g., SSDs with TRIM, and 2TB drives with 4K blocks) that it's time for me to upgrade. Of course, I'll grumble about *any* UI changes – including genuine improvements – that put things in unfamiliar places, but I'll get used to it afer a while. And as long as I have a decent command-line, I'll get by.

  22. Ari says:

    Really cool that they DIDN'T use an actor/model. Also, you look younger than I imagined. Was expecting a wizened old engineer type.


  23. Ari says:

    Really cool that they DIDN'T use an actor/model. Also, you look younger than I imagined. Was expecting a wizened old engineer type.


  24. asdbsd says:

    @GSerg: >Only saw it for the first time after the /b/ migration

    Oh my god. Today I learned that Raymond Chen's blog resides in /b/. This explains everything, everything.

  25. SteveM says:

    Maybe every job at Microsoft is like mine?

    Judging by the questions people ask you, perhaps it's the other way round… they think your job is like every job at Microsoft!?

  26. Ariel says:

    …erm, I mean after *I* moved on from Microsoft. You're still there, obviously. Heh.

  27. ErikF says:

    Where's the "Windows 7 was *my* idea!" tagline?  If anyone deserves it, it should be the people who worked on it!  (Great job on Windows 7, by the way!)

  28. NWM says:

    OT: "What's wrong with a withered hand?" (…/john-adams-christian-zeal-and-activity.html,…/whats-wrong-with-a-withered-hand)  A great piece of music.

    [Indeed that's the very piece that turned me on to the phrase "withered hand." -Raymond]
  29. Roland says:

    After seeing the picture with Raymond wearing a shirt, I ask myself:

    Does Raymond still wear a tie every single day? Is "Dress Like Raymond Day"still happening?

  30. 640k says:

    non-caucasians are so politically correct in ads. except in poland

  31. Alex Grigoriev says:


    MS should totally photoshop all their promo materials to replace all the model heads with their developers pictures.

  32. IGnatius T Foobar says:

    "640K ought to be enough for anybody."

     — Bill Gates

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