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Kam Vedbrat - Is there one thing in Longhorn that really excite you?

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Kam Vedbrat is heading the team that does the graphics and animations in the next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn.

Since he lives in Longhorn all day long, we wondered what he found exciting about Longhorn.

One thing that frustrates us all is that Kam is living a few years ahead of all of us and we probably won't get to see what Kam is working on for another year. Even internally at Microsoft most employees can't use the user experience that Kam is developing. That's code-named "Aero" and is quite eye catching if you get to see it. Kam wouldn't even let us take pictures of it -- it's that secret.

If you've been playing with the recently-released developer preview build of Longhorn, what excites you the most? What frustrates you the most?


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  • The Channel 9 Team wrote:

    If you've been playing with the recently-released developer preview build of Longhorn, what excites you the most? What frustrates you the most?

    well, i simply can't work with it on my spare machine (which is only 2 years old). it simply can't handle longhorn - maybe there's not enough ram: whatever i do, the disk keeps trashing which makes trying out even the simplest thing really really hard.

    seems i simply don't have a machine with sufficient power to run longhorn in any useful way.

  • DanaDana Dana
    I am running Longhorn on an older P4 1.5Ghz with 512MB ram, displaying on an ATI Rage 128 Pro. Works fine. Occassionally there is a redraw slowness problem, but otherwise works fine. What sort of hardware are you using?

  • How old are you Kam?
  • mejamie Niner since 2004


    "We get to change the face of Windows in a way that's Modern thats fresh thats gonna be Flashy - but not necessarily flashy at all...polished and professional but still up to date and modern and stylish i think is - its a really great challenge ..very excited... bring experience up to the bar that’s been set by some of the other software experiences out there in the industry and to really kind of raise the bar is super exciting"

    Kam - did you study at the Billg public speaking school - i hear it's Super exciting! Wink

    as usual - sounds intriguing / interesting

  • Stevan VeselinovicSteve411 Me, all suited up!
    Longhorn will not be released till i come to MS. Wink
  • KamKam

    Wow - lots of great feedback! Thanks all. Sorry for taking so long to respond on the board - I've been a little tied up getting this Aero thing built... Wink

    So lots of questions here - Lets take them in order.

    On hardware: You shouldn't have trouble on most modern hardware.I use two machines at work - one is a 1.7GHz w/ 512MB of RAM and the other is a 2.8GHz w/ 1GB.

    Age: I'm 29 years old. I came to MSFT in 1998 right after graduating from Purdue University (go Boilers!), and this is my third major role at Microsoft. Before Longhorn, I spent a few years working on the MSN Client software (MSN Explorer and later MSN8) and before that, I worked on the installer for IE5.

    The BillG school of public speaking: Funny! Gotta admit, I've never heard that one before. I was a little dismayed at how much I was slouching in that chair during the interview. Gotta work on that.

    Steve - when are you coming? Hurry fast, so we can ship. Wink

    Please keep the comments coming!

  • Stevan VeselinovicSteve411 Me, all suited up!
    Kam wrote:

    Steve - when are you coming? Hurry fast, so we can ship. Wink

     I'll be there before you know it.

  • Visual stuff is kool.  Until recently, I didn't really care that it was easy to play a video behind your text boxes... Ok, I'm slow to adopt everything visual... Sound is my thing.

    I must say the Dragons from the Chinese Bejing Imagine Cup submission rank with the extremely kool.  I don't think this is even next gen.  The dragons are this gen... right?

    Blessings on the Chinese team!  Their work can be seen in this channel 9 video... http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=12827
  • So, Kam, can we assume that Longhorn design will look somewhat similar to MSN8/9 since we now know your "style"? Smiley
  • chrfrazichrfrazi Dogs and cats living together.... Mass Hysteria!

    Go Boilers!

  • Kim can we look forward in longhorn for a move away from the non-quality resoltion graphics to a more PNG style texturing, hate to say it but osx sure does have some smooth looking things, although i must say for a company (apple) saying that you guys copy them they sure as hell did try to copy alot of longhorn features with this new version there trying to release, i cant wait to see what longhorn will really look like when its finished, it must be really exciting to finally be able to change windows, its been the same for so long even xp wasnt that drastic of a change, im hopeing we can see a big change in visual apperance in both usability and presentation.
  • KamKam

    We learned from the process we used in MSN when we started working on longhorn but the design will not be all that similar. There are two reasons for this:

    1) Technology - w/ all the new stuff in longhorn provided by the new graphics platform, we can do a lot more than we ever could in MSN (which had to work the same on Win98, Win2K and XP).

    2) Customer Focus - MSN was (and still is) a consumer product first and foremost. This meant we could be a little more colorful and a little less business-like in our design. Windows is different in that over half a billion people use it, and they all use it in very different settings and the design needs to be more flexible and appropriate for all the different uses.

  • I would love to see another interview with Kam to find out how Avalon/Aero development is going Smiley
  • The Channel 9 TeamThe Channel 9 Team 5 guys from Redmond
    I'll work on it!
  • If you could do that, that would be just absolutely great!

    Thanks a lot! Smiley
  • NetRyderNetRyder Tech Junkie
    Hasn't Kam moved from the visual design (Aero/Shell) team to Avalon since September last year?
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy

    Yup. I'll see if I can get a new interview with him.

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