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December 2022

A curated list of books, technical articles, related works, and news and tech magazine cover stories relevant to the history detailed in "Hardcore…
To be hardcore is to be wildly optimistic about what can be achieved tomorrow yet harshly pessimistic about what works today. —The author

November 2022

"Our job is to build a stage, a stage for the operating system and software." —the Surface mission
The hardest thing to do in a big company is to do something. —Old “Microspeak” saying
But one thing is knowable now: With Windows 8, Microsoft has sweated the details, embraced beauty and simplicity, and created something new and…
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October 2022

“I've never witnessed this much excitement in a Microsoft audience at a keynote before. It's electric.” –Tom Warren, Winrumors
Welcome to Windows 8, in a big way.
“If the future of Windows apps is HTML5/JavaScript then Windows has no future.” —Tim Anderson's blog, IT Writing, June 3, 2011
"This is the biggest shift in Windows…" —Walt Mossberg to Julie Larson-Green during an on-stage demonstration of Windows 8, June, 2011.
“Paul, you’re not going to view this favorably.” —Steve Ballmer to Intel CEO Paul Otellini as we described over the phone our intent to offer Windows 8…