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  • Microsoft Way, Overlake, Redmond, Washington, 98052, United States Founded: 1975 Employees: 10.001+ mdcc@microsoft.com 1800 1 441 0158

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    Microsoft is an American multinational corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells a range of software products and services.

    Microsoft’s devices and consumer (D&C) licensing segment license Windows operating system and related software; Microsoft Office for consumers; and Windows Phone operating system. The

    company’s computing and gaming hardware segment provides Xbox gaming and entertainment consoles and accessories, second-party and third-party video games, and Xbox Live subscriptions; surface devices and accessories; and Microsoft PC accessories. Its phone hardware segment offers Lumia smartphones and other non-Lumia phones. Its D&C other segment provides Windows Store, Xbox Live transactions, and Windows phone store; search advertising; display advertising; Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal; first-party video games; and other consumer products and services as well as operating retail stores.

    Microsoft’s commercial licensing segments licenses server products, including Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Windows Embedded; Windows operating system; Microsoft Office for business, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and related CALs; Microsoft Dynamics business solutions; and Skype. Its commercial other segment offers enterprise services, including premier support services and Microsoft consulting services; commercial cloud comprising Office 365 Commercial, other Microsoft Office online offerings, Dynamics CRM Online, and Microsoft Azure; and other commercial products and online services.

    The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and resellers, as well as online. Microsoft Corporation was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1974. It is based in Redmond, Washington.

    • Microsoft Azure

      Achieve your goals with the freedom and flexibility to build, manage, and deploy your applications anywhere. Use your preferred languages, frameworks, and infrastructure—even your own datacenter and other clouds—to solve challenges large and small.
      With help from Azure, you have everything you need to build your next great solution.
      Azure is global. Azure is local.
      Create extraordinary experiences for all of your customers—whether they’re right next door or on the other side of the world. With datacenters in more global regions, the largest compliance portfolio of any cloud provider, and a bold commitment to sustainability, you don’t need to choose between quantity and quality when you build on Azure.
    • Azure DevOps

      Plan smarter, collaborate better, and ship faster with a set of modern dev services.
      Agile planning tools
      Track work with configurable Kanban boards, interactive backlogs, and powerful planning tools. Unparalleled traceability and reporting make Boards the perfect home for all your ideas—big and small.
      Learn more
      CI/CD for any platform
      Build, test, and deploy in any language, to any cloud—or on-premises. Run in parallel on Linux, macOS, and Windows, and deploy containers to individual hosts or Kubernetes.
      Learn more
      Unlimited free private repos
      Get flexible, powerful Git hosting with effective code reviews and unlimited free repositories for all your ideas—from a one-person project to the world’s largest repository.
      Learn more
      Manual and exploratory testing
      Test often and release with confidence. Improve your overall code quality with manual and exploratory testing tools for your apps.
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      Universal package repository
      Share Maven, npm, NuGet, and Python packages from public and private sources with your entire team. Integrate package sharing into your CI/CD pipelines in a way that’s simple and scalable.
      Learn more
    • Visual Studio Code

      Visual Studio Code is a lightweight but powerful source code editor which runs on your desktop and is available for Windows, macOS and Linux. It comes with built-in support for JavaScript, TypeScript and Node.js and has a rich ecosystem of extensions for other languages (such as C++, C#, Java, Python, PHP, Go) and runtimes (such as .NET and Unity). Begin your journey with VS Code with these introductory videos.
    • Microsoft expose customer data - 250 million records at risk

      Microsoft accidentally exposed nearly 250 million Customer Service and Support records on the web. The records contained logs of conversations between Microsoft and customers from all over the world. This data is spanning a 14-year period from 2005 to December 2019. All of the data was left accessible to anyone with a web browser, with no password or other authentication needed.
      The Comparitech security research team led by Bob Diachenko uncovered five Elasticsearch servers, each of which contained an apparently identical set of the 250 million records. Diachenko immediately notified Microsoft upon discovering the exposed data, and Microsoft took swift action to secure it.
      Despite swift action from Microsoft the data was exposed for 25 days during the holidays. The information exposed includes Customer email addresses, IP addresses and physical locations, descriptions of customer service claims and cases, case numbers, resolutions and remarks, and internal notes marked "confidential". This information, which is in plain text, is prety much all you need for a full scale fraud attack as Paul Bischoff explain in his post.
      Microsoft has begun reaching out to the millions of customers affected and they urge users to stay alert should anyone contact them under the guise of being a representative from Microsoft in their official response to the incident.
      With this error some are questioning the security measures in place at Microsoft. Fausto Oliveira, principal security architect at Acceptto gave this statement to threatpost:
    • Developer Velocity Index - one-sided nonsense or useful?

      Developer Velocity Index, or DVI for short, is pushed hard by Microsoft right now as a way to sell Azure DevOps as I see it. So what is it and is it just another pointless measurement tool that does not address the big elephant in the room, or can it actually be useful? Let us dig into it and find out.
      So Developer Velocity Index is a tool for measuring, well, quite a lot actually. At first glance we see a lot of focus on tools, which of course is the main goal for Microsoft as they need to get more clients for Azure Devops that is trying to challenge prominent actors such as Atlassian.
      If you look a bit deeper however you will see that the DVI is pretty extensive. While focus is on tools it seems to look at these from a perspective that is not just focused on the development discipline. DVI claim to involve 46 different drivers across 13 dimensions and that is pretty good. I say claim because I have not tried this yet, so I do not know to what extent this is actually true.

      The DVI is based on self-assessment through questionnaires, which is not a bad way to do this honestly. It will ensure that the introverts also get a say, which is not always the case in verbal situations where the extroverts are always loudest.
      I see the tool angle a lot when reading about DVI, but when you dig down you see that what that almost always mean is that the tools in question bridge the gap between business and IT. Tools that help manage inflow, portfolio management and of course tools to help with clarifying need, especially in Agile teams. I think Tibi Covaci from Microsoft express this best:
      I think this is profoundly true. Like my former colleague Eva Nordstrom would say "A fool with a tool is still a fool".  Good tools with a good and well-educated organization however, that will truly generate magic. It is my hope that DVI can help illustrate the need for organizational change to help facilitate that. This is often the biggest issue in my experience and one that is very hard to overcome.
      It is also no big revelation that most organizations find the funnel between business and IT to be lacking or that this is where most organizations fail. The introduction of Agile often make this worse, which is not the fault of Agile, but the way it is implemented in organizations. Hopefully DVI can illustrate the need to have a proper portfolio management on the operative level and that even in Agile work teams you need to ensure that demands are evolved.
      Ad-Hoc and shooting things from the hip are sure ways to make any developer sad after all, and we all want some form of structure to our chaos to ensure we know what to do, yet remain flexible...
      Developer Velocity Index is interesting, but it is still a stick that should not be needed in mature organizations. Sadly there are very few mature organizations out there, so I think this is very interesting for many reasons. I will dig into it some more and see what I can learn.
      What do you think?
      Is it just a selling tool for more tools you don't need, or something that can drive actual change?

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