Understanding the Feature Design Process at Microsoft

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Yet another fantastic post from Vinny Pasceri, Program Manager for the Windows Shell Team, appears over at the Windows Shell blogVinny sheds some light on what is involved in the feature design process here at Microsoft.  He separates the process into three different parts:  Page 1, The Spec and Building the Feature.  Definitely a great way to understand the process we follow here at MS when designing and developing the features in our products.

Even better: Vinny's post actually includes a real feature spec for all to see!  Check out the original feature spec for the Windows Aero Wizard UI.

  • Wow thats a lot of work going on there.  Seems like a fun and interesting job though!

  • MS should ask the people for features in a product and then develop the spec....that's where it is different from small ISVs and open source developers.

  • Hey someone:  we do this already in a number of ways; I'd suggest contacting the folks at to learn more about how you can provide early feedback when we shift to designing the next version of Windows.

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