Quickly and securely code, test, and deliver your next app with Microsoft development tools

Kathleen Mitford, Corporate Vice President, Azure, Microsoft

Welcome to Microsoft Build, the event created to celebrate 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 don’t have much honor to advocate for the entire developer community, because you are the one who makes the future.

Microsoft was founded as a developer company, and after nearly 50 years, nothing has changed in this regard. From our first products to the powerful development tools available today such as Visual Studio, GitHub, and Azure, we have always kept development teams at the heart of our work. Today, the full Microsoft Cloud stack provides a great platform for developers to use and build applications and solutions. I like to put it this way, we are the platform, and you bring innovation.

Get a lot of inspiration from the innovative things you’re already building with our platform and tools. Development teams large and small turn to Microsoft for coding and updating. Gjensidige, Norway’s largest insurance company, is a great example – they have chosen Azure and the bundled resources of GitHub to update enterprise-wide applications. I am always amazed at the creativity and ingenuity that student developers bring to the platform.

Development experience today

When I talk to clients and fellow programming colleagues, topics arise about what development teams need to be successful and how they have evolved – especially in the past two years.

Security shifts to the left. The world’s dependence on technology continues to increase, and so does the importance of security. With cyber attacks on the rise, we want to provide developers with the tools to turn security left, into code, so that issues and concerns can be identified and fixed before a security breach occurs.

Collaboration anywhere. In the age of hybrid work, it doesn’t matter where you sit and work. It could be in a traditional home or office or even a local coffee shop. With dispersed development teams using different languages, devices, and networks, developers need to interact and communicate with their teams and be confident that they can deliver their best work from anywhere and that it will be secure.

Fitness and productivity. With a mixed working environment, teams must stay on the move and bring in new team members quickly and efficiently. Ideally, developers can focus on the code rather than spending time setting up development environments and managing the infrastructure.

Today, I’m proud to share some news and updates designed to meet these needs and further improve the overall developer experience through our beloved tools and Microsoft Cloud platform, all designed to help you code and ship quickly from anywhere with confidence.

Modern solutions and applications for mixed teams

Through GitHub, we are already introducing the development environment of the future. GitHub Copilot is an AI programmer that lets you write code faster and with less effort. Another type of development experience that is changing is moving work to the cloud. GitHub Codespaces is a cloud development environment that works great for web applications, cloud native applications, APIs, or backend development. But what if you’re working on a different workload, such as desktop, mobile, embedded, or game development? Or if you are using a different version control system than GitHub?

here comes Microsoft Def Box. Microsoft Dev Box is a cloud solution that gives developers access to high-performance workstations that are preconfigured and ready to code specific projects. Developers can start programming quickly, without worrying about issues such as security, compliance, or cost control. It’s designed to meet the needs of today’s developers and integrated with Windows 365 so that IT administrators can manage development boxes and cloud computers together in Microsoft Intune and Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Microsoft Dev Box will soon be released in public preview.

With Microsoft Dev Box, team leaders can quickly create projects, compose images, and assign team members so they can go straight to code in seconds, from anywhere. No matter what part of the world you work in, the process of creating a new team has never been easier.


The way we all work has changed forever after the past few years. Security is essential in a world of increasing number of cyber attacks and global uncertainty and with distributed teams sitting in different locations using different platforms, languages, and devices.

As I mentioned, I’ve heard from many of my fellow developers about the need to identify and fix issues before they lead to a security breach. GitHub Advanced Security’s Payment Protection feature proactively protects against confidential leaks. For another layer of security and peace of mind, today we’re announcing the availability of GitHub OpenID Connect (OIDC) with the Azure AD Workload Identity Consortium to reduce the need to store and access secrets. With this integration feature, developers can securely manage all access to Azure cloud resources.

Increase the flexibility of your application

While building an app, you need to know that it can handle traffic and scale before you launch it. We recently released a preview of Azure Load Testing, an Azure service to help teams test and achieve volume and performance goals with confidence. And since its launch, we’ve seen customers of all sizes use the service to simulate high-volume loads of applications running anywhere and detect performance bottlenecks early. We’ve clearly heard from you about some of the additional features you’d like to see – testing of private endpoints, use of custom plugins, and more Azure areas. These features and more will be available soon, so be sure to check back for Azure updates often.

Get started with Microsoft for the perfect development experience

When you’re ready to move your next idea from code to the cloud, we want you to start with us. The Programming, Testing, and Delivery session from the Secure Cloud Development Environments session is where you can learn more about these announcements and how we provide you with a great development experience – no matter where you’re from or what you’re using. I also encourage you to watch the session on cloud-native apps and speed up app refresh to learn what’s new for building cloud-native apps.

There’s no shortage of great content throughout this week’s digital event experience: innovations, tech demos, learning opportunities and lots of fun with our sessions After hours. I invite you to take it all in and keep sharing your opinions with us so we can give you a better experience.

On behalf of the Azure team here at Microsoft, thank you for inspiring us with what you’re building.

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Tags: Azure, Build 2022, Developers, GitHub

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