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Don Box in 2009

Don Box is a Technical Fellow currently working at Microsoft.

His current role is leading the Silicon, Graphics and Media development team in the Windows and Devices Group, and is 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.

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.

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." 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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