Ed Fries in recent days took a trip from Seattle down to New Mexico Tech, his college alma mater that had decided to bestow on him one of those distinguished career awards that tend to cap a long, eventful professional existence.
At one point, as a speaker read through the Microsoft veteran’s biography for the crowd, the audience broke out in cheers.
Even though Fries, one of the early developers of Microsoft offerings like Excel and Word, has worked on a variety of products over the years that many consumers still use every day, it was a one specific item from his time with Microsoft that got the crowd going. Fries is also a co-founder of the Xbox, a console that celebrates its 15th birthday next year and remains a cornerstone of the Microsoft empire. More →