I thought you guys might enjoy this article – written by Trandy Tower, the product manager for Windows 1.0 and 2.0.
Really had fun reading this, with things like how windows 1.0 was initially developed and by whom (including people like Gabe newell – the founder of Valve), the challenges faced in a brand new industry and how windows almost never shipped.
Few people understand Microsoft better than Tandy Trower, who worked at the company from 1981-2009. Trower was the product manager who ultimately shipped Windows 1.0, an endeavor that some advised him was a path toward a ruined career. Four product managers had already tried and failed to ship Windows before him, and he initially thought that he was being assigned an impossible task. In this follow-up to yesterday’s story on the future of Windows, Trower recounts the inside story of his experience in transforming Windows from vaporware into a product that has left an unmistakable imprint on the world, 25 years after it was first released.