Microsoft and Citrix Founding Teams

I couldn’t resist this. I’ve recently found the original Microsoft team photo on Wikipedia and thought it would be fun to compare the two companies pictures.

Microsoft 1978

Microsoft at the beginning in 1978 in Albuquerque

Citrix 1989

Eleven years can make a big difference in fashion and hair! I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

I was looking for old Citrix pictures on the web and found a link to Gordon Letwin. Gordon was the lead architect for Microsoft on the OS/2 project. Ed Iacobucci was the lead architect for OS/2 on the IBM side. Ed left IBM in 1989 and Gordon left Microsoft in 1993. I’m guessing that they worked together quite a bit. I would also suppose that this would have happened between 1985 and 1989. Many years ago I bought a copy of Inside OS/2 by Gordon Letwin.

Inside OS/2

You have got to love the cave like appeal with the soft glow of CRT nearby. This cover appealed to me since it really captured the nature of a developer on the track of a really difficult bug. I’m guessing that he was running some variant of CodeView on the screen that he is looking at.

This post was just for fun. Please enjoy.


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6 comments on “Microsoft and Citrix Founding Teams
  1. jfgarcia says:

    OS/2… great piece of software. I still use it at home.

  2. jeffreymuir says:

    I’m sure Gordon would be proud to hear this, as would the old-time IBMers that stood behind it.
    Thanks for your reply.

  3. […] There are a number of stories from the various interviews that you might find interesting. ย For example, there is a video clip dedicated to the 1978 picture of the original 11 Microsoft employees in Albuquerque. […]

  4. On the cover of Inside OS/2, the screen on the right definitely has CodeView 1.0 running. The screen on the left shows the OS/2 kernel debugger or some other derivative of debug/symdeb. I can’t quite make out what’s on the central screen, but it looks like source code.

  5. ed iacobucci says:

    Actually, it wasn’t CodeView (yet). It was a beta product called ‘Island’ (don’t ask me why)


  6. A long, long time ago, in a land called Alpharetta.. I was browsing the Southeasts version of “Weirdstuff” and came upon the strangest COTS box I’d ever seen. Wish I’d purchased it. It was a white box w. blue/black lettering called “Windows OS/2”. Having worked for Egghead Software @ the time (early 90’s) I was aghast… My room mate in Atlanta was a STAUNCH IBM OS/2 supporter.. ran it on his desktop and supported IBM mainframes & OS/2 @ the insurance carrier he worked at. I was in the DOS 6.22/Windows for Workgroups 3.11 camp, due to all the consumer and SMB applications for that platform. Those were the DAYS! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Interestingly enough, I have one old high school chum who has been w. CITRIX for over 10 years, and this month, two addtional friends are joining your team to ramp up to $5 Billion. My have times changed! ๐Ÿ™‚

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