Kurt Westerfeld

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Kurt Westerfeld
Nationality American
Occupation Software developer
Known for Object Desktop software

Kurt Westerfeld is a software developer who lives in Virginia. He is best known for his work on IBM OS/2 software such as Object Desktop for Stardock and the KWQ/2 News reader client for OS/2.

He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1990 with a B.S. in computer science.[1]

In the early 1990s Westerfeld joined a startup gaming company named Stardock where he was deeply involved in developing Object Desktop for OS/2. He contributed to the Microsoft Windows follow-on product, ObjectDesktop.NET.[2] Theo Mandel acknowledged his contributions in his 1997 book, The Elements of User Interface Design.[3] In 1997 the OS/2 market began to decline. Westerfeld left Stardock to work at Managed Objects in 1998 where he was named co-chief technology officer in 2002.[1][4] In 2009 he filed three patents relating to "social networks and communities".[5] He has three children.

See also[edit]

List of user interface literature


  1. ^ a b Mary Kearney, Editor (February 2003). "E-News Vol.5 No.2". University of Maryland, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  2. ^ "Stardock - About Us". Stardock. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  3. ^ Theo Mandel (1997). The elements of user interface design - Google Books. Wiley. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Kurt Westerfeld, Chief Technology Officer, Managed Object Solutions, Inc". Managed Object Solutions, Inc. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Kurt Westerfeld - Patent application". Retrieved 2011-05-06.