I'm not sure it's bad to be a little artificial. These are not conversations with people about what they're working on, but rather mini-biographies of Distinguished Engineers for both internal and external marketing purposes. I, for one, like them as they
are, though perhaps I'd like to see a slightly less stiff interviewer.
I think this interview was the best one yet for Behind the Code, because I feel like the interviewer is getting the hang of it more and CvI seems to be a really interesting character. She reminds me a lot of one of my favorite teachers: quirky, driven,
and not afraid to speak her mind whether it's politically correct or not. Her cowboyish attitude is probably dangerous in general if applied everywhere in a software project, but it seems like she and her team were skillful eough to pull things off without
breaking too many people. I think Rob Short used her data structure in his Behind the Code show as well... hmm...
Notice that pyramid of black cubes in the video on Jensen's desk?
I'm willing to bet that those represent patents on the ribbon interface. I wouldn't be surprised if all but one or two are for various aspects of the ribbon. The ribbon is definitely a patentable idea, so it makes sense that MSFT owns IP on this.