Charles Simonyi

CHARLES SIMONYI is Cofounder of Intentional Software Corporation, a software engineering company dedicated to assisting software developers in capturing the tremendous latent value that is usually lost in the design and development process.

Simonyi formerly worked as Director of Application Development, Chief Architect, and most recently, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft Corporation. He joined Microsoft in 1981 to start the development of microcomputer application programs and hired and managed teams who developed Microsoft Excel, Multiplan, Word, and other applications. In 1991, he moved on to Microsoft Research where he focused on Intentional Programming, an ecology for abstractions which strives for maximal reuse of components by separating high level intentions from implementation detail.

Before coming to Microsoft, Simonyi worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center developing Bravo, the first WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Simonyi holds a BS degree in engineering mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford.

Further Reading on Edge:

Intentional Programming: A Talk with Charles Simonyi

CODE II — Farmer & Simonyi: A Reality Club Dialogue

Beyond Edge:

Intentional Software Company