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Accessibility Insights now supports WCAG 2.2 AA

To celebrate the International Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd we have some exciting new announcements for Accessibility Insights, Microsoft’s open-source suite of tools to help developers deliver accessible software! Technology plays a huge role in empowering everyone, including people with disabilities around the globe. ...
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Building Paved Paths: The Journey to Platform Engineering

Over the past year, AI has taken the world by storm. Our industry is innovating at an unprecedented rate, bringing incredible products to market that make life and work easier and more efficient for real people across a wide range of sectors and job functions. Like previous industry shifts—the introduction of the PC, internet, and search—...

Copy-on-Write in Win32 API Early Access

On October 25, 2023, the Windows filesystem team released an early preview of copy-on-write (CoW) linking in the Windows 11 Insider Canary channel. This builds automatic CoW linking into the Win32 APIs when using Dev Drive or ReFS. If released next year, this will eliminate the need to update build engines, tools, and runtime frameworks to ...

Dev Drive is Now Available

(Edited Oct 31, 2023 to add info about later patch for InTune, and Nov 6 and 8, 2023 to add 23H2 image info. Also see the next post.) In a previous post, Dev Drive and Copy-on-Write for Developer Performance, we published early performance numbers for the new Dev Drive feature of Windows 11 and Windows Server. This week’s Windows Update for...

Your Most Important Git Repos

What do you keep in your Git repos? Source code for your production applications certainly, but you probably also keep a fair amount of experimental and “hackathon” code. Maybe you keep your documentation in Git. Maybe, like the District of Columbia does, you even keep legal documents there. So which of these are the most important to ...
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Load testing AAD-based authentication for Azure Cache for Redis

At Microsoft, we continue working on modernizing our services to make them faster, more reliable, and up to date with the latest technologies. In this blog post, we’ll cover how Azure Load Testing helped ensure that the Azure Active Directory (AAD) based authentication mechanism for Azure Cache for Redis met the performance criteria. Azure ...
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Dev Drive and Copy-on-Write for Developer Performance

At Microsoft Build 2023 the Windows team announced Dev Drive, a new evolution of the Windows ReFS filesystem retuned for developer workloads like Git and builds. This new functionality will ship later this year in the Windows 11 23H2 refresh and is available now for early testing via the Windows Insider program.

Microsoft Dev Box for Microsoft engineers

We’re in an exciting time for technology. But to take advantage of the opportunities, it’s critical for developers to have access to the tools and resources that can help them stay productive and do their best work. At Microsoft, we’re migrating many of our developers to highly productive…
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The Journey to Secure the Software Supply Chain at Microsoft

A secure software supply chain represents another facet of Microsoft's built-in security to enhance and maintain trust in our products. It’s a continuation of the journey we embarked upon since the launch of Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) in 2004 and represents our commitment to continually enhance Microsoft’s foundational security.
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Implementing an accessible, checkable WPF Tree View

The Accessibility Insights team recently fixed a bug in our Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) app where checkboxes in a WPF tree view were not properly reporting their checked or unchecked state to adaptive technologies such as screen readers. This longstanding issue created a sub-par accessible experience in Accessibility Insights for ...
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