Jan 27, 2021 • 26M

[LISTEN] 094. First Public Windows 7 Demo

“I’m superenthused about what it [Windows 7] will do in lots of ways.” — Bill Gates in an April 2008 meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank [!]

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Personal stories and lessons from inside the rise and fall of the PC revolution as narrated by the author.

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In an era of huge software projects with a zillion new features in every release, there’s little more exciting than the first public demos. Such demos are also incredibly stressful to pull off. In addition to all the work to just get the code to demo-ready condition, there’s a lead-up to public disclosure, briefing reporters, and aligning partners. The first demo of Windows 7 was all those things and more, because we’d (or just I) had been so quiet for so long. This is the story of unveiling at least one small part of Windows 7 along with my own personal screw up along the way.

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