Written by Kathleen Mitford, Corporate Vice President, Azure Marketing
Welcome to Microsoft Build, the event that’s all about celebrating the developer community! The work you do has the power to transform entire industries and keep critical businesses and services running through innovative solutions and applications. I couldn’t be more honored to champion this entire dev community as you create the future.
Microsoft was founded as a developer company and almost 50 years later, nothing has changed in that regard. From our earliest products to the powerful developer tools available now through Visual Studio, GitHub, and Azure, we keep development teams top of mind. Today our full Microsoft Cloud stack brings an incredible platform for developers to use and build apps and solutions. I like to say, we’re the platform and you bring the innovation.
I take great inspiration from the innovative things you’re already building with our platform and tools. Development teams at companies big and small are choosing Microsoft to code and modernize. Gjensidige, the largest insurance company in Norway, is just one great example—they chose Azure and the combined capabilities of GitHub to modernize applications at enterprise scale. And I’m always amazed by the creativity and ingenuity that student developers are bringing to the platform.
The developer experience today
Whenever I talk to customers and my colleagues who code, a few themes emerge about what development teams need to be successful and how it’s evolved—especially in the last couple of years.
Security shifts left. The world’s reliance on technology continues to grow and so does the importance of security. With cyberattacks on the rise, we want to equip developers with the tools to shift security left, into code, so problems and concerns can be identified and fixed before a security breach even happens.
Collaboration, anywhere. In the age of hybrid work, it matters less where you sit and work. It could be in a home or traditional office setting or even in your local coffee shop. With dispersed development teams using different languages, devices, and networks, developers need to interact and connect with their teams—and have confidence they can deliver their best work from anywhere and that it will be secure.
Agility and productivity. With a hybrid work environment, teams need to stay agile and onboard new team members quickly and efficiently. Ideally, developers can focus on code instead of spending time setting up dev environments and managing infrastructure.
Today, I’m proud to share some news and updates designed to address these needs and improve the overall developer experience even further with our beloved tools and the Microsoft Cloud platform—all designed to help you quickly code and ship from anywhere with confidence.
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