"What many people don't know is that we decided to not use any UI frameworks from the beginning and that's still true today," Gamma added, "because performance is very important to us and we want to be fully in control of our own destiny."
This is very refreshing to hear a developer say this. I will likely be using this to help strengthen any arguments against the occasional framework obsessed guy I have to deal with.
Obviously because it is Microsoft I have to sound a little bit petty and include this modified quote:
"we want to be fully in control of our own destiny [and the destinies of all the other twits who buy into our ecosystem]."
But my respect for this team in general has gone up a little.