|Born||c. 1960 (age 54–55)
|Occupation||Corporate Vice President, Windows Development at Microsoft|
|Known for||Defining engineering practices at Microsoft|
|Children||Juliana and Isabella|
Jon DeVaan (born c. 1960 in Minnesota) is a former senior vice president for Windows Development at Microsoft.
He started at Microsoft in 1984 working on application programs for the Macintosh and was a programmer on Excel 1.0. DeVaan played an important role in defining the engineering practices of Microsoft in the early days of writing GUI software. In this time line DeVaan shipped Excel 1.0 through Excel '95 on Macintosh, OS/2 and Windows platforms. DeVaan was one of the leaders who drove the evolution of the Microsoft applications division from fiercely independent standalone teams to an integrated team creating Microsoft Office 1.0 through the delivery of Office '97 and the design of Office 2000.
In 1999 he left the Office group to work on the online and TV areas of Microsoft participating in the development and launch of UltimateTV(r) and the Microsoft TV(r) platform. In 2002, working for Bill Gates, DeVaan led a company wide effort known as Engineering Excellence to revitalize the engineering practices of Microsoft. In 2006, he assumed leadership of the Windows Core Operating System Division (COSD), responsible for the teams that create the core components and architecture of Microsoft Windows, with the mission of revitalizing the team's software engineering practices.
DeVaan led COSD to create Windows Vista SP1 and Windows 7 and in 2009 became the leader of the development team delivering Windows 8 and 8.1. He left Microsoft at the beginning of 2014.
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