Don Box

Don Box is a technical fellow working at Microsoft.

Don Box in 2009

As of November 2017, Box was Vice President of Engineering for Mixed Reality, where he leads the engineering team that builds HoloLens, Windows Mixed Reality, Windows Hello, and other initiatives that live at the edge of the physical and digital worlds.

From 2014–2017, he led the Silicon, Graphics and Media development team in the Windows and Devices Group, and was responsible for driving silicon/hardware/software co-engineering across the Windows product line. Leading up to the launch of Windows 10, Box drove the initiative to converge Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, and HoloLens onto a common set of components known as OneCore.[citation needed]

Box led the Xbox One platform development team from its inception through launch on November 22, 2013. Prior to that, Box led the development team that produced the Xbox SmartGlass platform, which was the basis for what is now known as Project Rome.

Along with Bob Atkinson, Mohsen Al-Ghosein, and Dave Winer, Box was one of the original four designers of SOAP, a basic messaging layer for web services.

Prior to joining Xbox, he worked on Brad Lovering's team working on model-driven runtime and tool support at Microsoft, including "Oslo". Box was an architect on Windows Communication Foundation (formerly known as "Indigo") and related technologies.

At 2001 TechEd Europe, Box performed a talk about XML and SOAP from a bathtub.[1]

Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Box was a contributing editor and columnist at Microsoft Systems Journal, which later became MSDN Magazine. Box was a conspicuous figure in the Component Object Model (COM) community, where he coined the phrase "COM is love".[citation needed] He is a series editor for Addison Wesley where he launched two successful series targeting the Microsoft developer audience. He was one of the founders of the DevelopMentor software training company. He left DevelopMentor to join Microsoft.


  • Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime, with Chris Sells
  • Essential COM
  • Essential XML: Beyond MarkUp
  • Effective COM: 50 Ways to Improve Your COM and MTS-based Applications, with Keith Brown, Tim Ewald and Chris Sells


  1. ^ "Don Box: the bathtub lecture". Reflections on IT. 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2016-12-10.

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