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  • Foley: This is how Microsoft’s Azure organization makes Windows

    Posted on December 12th, 2019 at 12:32 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Fascinating story from Mary Jo in ZDNet. She had an opportunity to interview Jason Zander, the EVP of Azure — in other words, the head honcho of the team that now makes the insides of Win10.

    “Security, reliability and performance are prioritized all across,” Zander said. “Then certain features are prioritized depending on new launches — like a new console launch.”

    Feature priorities are decided sometimes in a six-month or a year-long boundary, he said. The biggest take-away: “It’s not a tyranny of organizations anymore” when it comes to deciding on timing and feature sets.

    Given how high priority and all-encompassing Azure is for Microsoft these days, do Zander and his team still care much about Windows?

    “I get updates every other day with self-host builds,” Zander said. “We love Windows and will continue to love Windows.”

    If you wonder about the way Microsoft’s going to keep developing Windows, this is a must-read.