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.NET Rocks! - Tim Sneath and Ian Ellison-Taylor on Windows Past, Present and Future

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  • Language: English

Carl and Richard talk to Windows veterans Tim Sneath and Ian Ellison-Taylor about the olden days of Windows, how it has evolved, and how it may look in the future from a developer perspective.

  • Tim Sneath is the group manager for the Silverlight and WPF technical evangelism team, based out of Microsoft’s corporate headquarters. His mission is to see developers create stunning applications built on the Microsoft platform, and to persuade his mother that computers aren’t out to get her. Amongst other strange obsessions, Tim collects vintage releases of Windows, and has a near-complete set of shrink-wrapped copies that date back to the late 80s, as well as a “museum” of Virtual PC images from Windows 1.0 to the present. Tim spent the first thirty years of his life in the UK, and his occasional attempts to speak English with an American accent for ease of comprehension cause much hilarity amongst his colleagues. His popular blog covers client platform technologies, and can be found at

    Ian Ellison-Taylor is the General Manager for Microsoft’s “Presentation Platforms and Tools Group” including WPF, core components for Silverlight and related developer tools for Visual Studio. Ian has worked at Microsoft for 17 years and prior to joining the WPF team in 2001, had been involved in a number of “user experience” related initiatives on a number of different teams including Windows 3.1, Windows 95, IE, Java and Windows XP.


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