Microsoft’s Open-Source Pivot Is Creating a Great Place to Worktharindu
At Microsoft Build last week, Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, opened with the benefits of collaboration and cooperation, how developers are now growing faster at non-tech companies than inside tech companies, how companies will need to advance, and how every person will need to begin preparing for a very different future.
Pretty much the entire event was about massive improvements to developer tools so that more people could become developers, and these newly-enabled devs could more aggressively build their part of this fantastic future.
Microsoft isn’t just building for the future. The company is focusing on tools that will allow an ever-broader group of people to program for themselves. Microsoft anticipates a new PC revolution — but instead of focusing on operational tools like word processors, spreadsheets, email, and databases, they aim to enable a new class of citizen developers that won’t only be adjusting to that future — but crafting it in real time.
At the heart of this plan for the future is Microsoft’s pivot to open source; and while there were several benefits highlighted for that action, an important one was left out which is that Microsoft has become a far better place to work.
Let’s talk about some of the interesting things that came out of Microsoft Build last week, and we’ll close with my product of the week, a 3D printed fake rhino horn with the same genetic fingerprint as a real one. You’ll want to check this out because it is brilliant.