Julie Larson-Green, Corporate VP for Windows, Microsoft, shares the process of starting over with Windows 8. Larson-Green is in conversation with Michael V. Copeland, Senior Editor, WIRED.
Michael V. Copeland
Senior editor and resident surf bum Michael V. Copeland covers the business of technology, focusing especially on mobile, data analytics, and the convergence of computer science and biology. He began his career as a reporter with several major newspapers and later served as a senior writer at Fortune, Business 2.0, and Red Herring. His article “The New Instant Companies” was selected by the World Leadership Forum as the best magazine story on business in 2006.
Julie Larson-Green heads up all engineering activities at Microsoft’s flagship Windows division and the Microsoft Hardware Group, reporting directly to CEO Steve Ballmer. Before moving into this role late last year, she led design and development on the Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems—the successes of which were widely attributed to her revamping of the development process. A Washington native, Larson-Green began her career as a software engineer at Aldus and joined Microsoft twenty years ago as a program manager for Visual C++. But she soon found her passion in designing the end-user experience, starting with early versions of Internet Explorer. In 1997 she moved over to Microsoft Office, where she led user interface design for Office XP, Office 2003, and finally Office 2007, for which she won an Outstanding Technical Leadership award. In 2007 she was appointed corporate vice president for program management of the Windows Experience.