I’m very happy to be able to interview many smart and interesting people during my career as a Microsoft watcher. Above all, the interview with Don Box was always fun.
Provided by: Don Box Don Box has been working for Microsoft for 19 years. In a Facebook post on March 31, he said he would leave Microsoft for a new job. After taking a break from April for a month, he will start his next job on May 3. Box’s last title at the company was a Technical Fellow and Vice President of Mixed Reality (MR) Engineering since December 2017. Box also worked with the company’s MR team to develop a real-time collaboration platform for MRs, Microsoft Mesh (announced at the online conference Microsoft Ignite in March). Prior to that, he led the core OS Group development team as Director of Silicon, Graphics and Media Development in the Operating Systems Group (OSG) Group. LinkeIn’s biography also says, “We’ve set up a team to develop an OS for the Xbox One.” I was in direct contact with Box before he began secretly working on secret operating systems and MR-related work. He was the developer and architect of a number of projects (and codenamed). For many years, I have covered “COM (Common Object Model)”, “M” modeling language, “Quadrant” modeling environment, “XML Web Services”, “Windows Communication Foundation (” Indigo “)” and so on. Prior to joining Microsoft, Box founded Develop Mentor and was a columnist for the Microsoft Systems Journal. He is also one of the creators of the SOAP specification. Box hasn’t had a chance to show up in public in the last few years with keynotes, but he misses talking about XML and SOAP in the bathtub on the stage of past “TechEd” conferences. There will be many. The same is true for the 2003 Microsoft PDC keynote “Lap Around Longhorn.” He told Facebook, “I humbly accept and appreciate the wonderful opportunity that Microsoft’s leadership has recognized as my next mission. This opportunity is wonderful, hard to miss, and really hard to miss. But to my great surprise, I have to leave Microsoft for the transformation I’m looking for. ” Box hasn’t revealed where and what he’s trying to do next, but recently wrote that he’s crazy about the programming language Rust.In February, he was delighted that Microsoft would support Rust.TweetWas. I asked Microsoft who would replace Box (if any), but a spokeswoman said he didn’t comment.