Bill Karagounis

Director of Program Management, OS Fundamentals, Windows and Devices Group

What is the one word that describes how you work?

Optimistically

Where did you grow up? 

Sydney, Australia

Describe your role with Microsoft and the Windows Insider Program:

Responsible for the Windows Insider team, OS flighting systems, Flight Operations, Feedback Hub, Windows Insider Feedback backend systems, OS Compat, Performance, Reliability, Battery life and OS Deployment/installation/recovery.

What technologies do you work on?

Any product that contains the word "Windows" in the title.

What’s your favorite feature on Windows 10?

Where do I start? In addition to everything I own :) I dig the engineering that goes on under the hood of the OS. Been an OS geek for most of my career.

Describe one of your favorite experiences with the Insider community

//Build 2016. Lots of fun meeting Insiders and talking about the tech and process behind the Windows Insider Program and how we get our bits to Windows Insiders as fast as possible.

Without your phone or computer, what gadgets can't you live without and why?

Not really a gadget, Gold Top Gibson Les Paul guitar. It's great for chilling...

What is your current work setup?

2x24 inch monitors connected to HP dc7800 (not state of the art but many of our customers run older hardware - why shouldn’t I!), Surface 3, Surface Pro, Samsung 940X3G & and Surface Hub for in-office meetings/collaboration.

What is your twitter or social media account that you can be reached at?

@billkar44

How do you start your day?

Walking my dog

What is your favorite thing in Microsoft Kitchen?

Triple Americano

What do you like about life on campus?

I can always talk to my work colleagues face to face if I need to

What is your most memorable moment at Microsoft?

Signing off Windows 7 - July 2009 (I was Group Program Manager for OS performance at the time)

What is your favorite food or restaurant?

Italian

What is your favorite book or book you are currently reading?

Quiet: The power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

What do you do outside of work?

Car enthusiast. Watch every Formula1 race live in the wee hours of the morning – big fan of @danielricciardo. Wrench/financier/pit crew/roadie for sons' karting hobby.

What is your favorite tip for Windows?

Making the Windows Shell snappier on older hardware. From start menu type "View advanced System Settings", choose performance settings, turn off anything staring with "Animate" or "Fade"

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