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May 16, 2007 at 9:25 AM

WinHEC: Saying “super” as if you mean it

LOS ANGELES — Day 2 of WinHEC is getting very technical, but thankfully Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich started off his hourlong dive into the Windows Server kernel with a light-hearted swipe at the “super” culture of his employer.

Russinovich is perhaps most famous for exposing the rootkit spyware on Sony CDs that opened security holes in the Windows operating system.

He described the career path that took him throughout the industry to end up here on stage in front of an audience of hardware engineers and said he was “really excited” to be at Microsoft, which acquired his company, Winternals, last year. Then he amended that.

“They told me to say ‘super excited,'” Russinovich said. “They say that unless you say ‘super’ you don’t really mean it.”

Those who follow Microsoft closely know that using “super” as an adjective and adverb is a tradition that started at the top and now can be heard in virtually every company speech and conversation.

The morning started out with a talk by Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Windows product management, who expanded on Bill Gates’ presentation Tuesday with more details on the progress of Windows Vista.

Nash said Vista shipped with support for 20,000 device drivers and has since added 13,000 via Windows Update. The operating system now supports about 1.9 million individual devices.

He said Vista is compatible with 48 of the top 50 consumer software programs, including iTunes, as well all five of the most popular consumer security applications.

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