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TIMO ZIMMERMANN

balancing software engineering & infosec

We all win

posted on Sunday 17th of February 2019 in

I know I am a bit late with this, but not watching the Super Bowl means I also miss all the commercials and have to wait for them to show up through another channel. The one that really caught my eye was the one from Microsoft. Having played a lot with people with disabilities during my active World of Warcraft time I got a little insight into the challenges some games and some input methods provide.

Especially with games and gaming becoming more and more relevant, for a lot of different reasons varying from person to person, I really appreciate Microsoft stepping up and trying to address some of those challenges.

With IT having some place and relevance to my life since the 90s I have seen Microsoft do a lot of things and the larger community reacting to it. There was a lot of shady things going on deserving all the critique and sneer Microsoft received for it. But looking at all the change since Satya took over time I have hope for Microsoft.

Surely not everything is great. There are still very questionable things going on in some parts of MS. I think I only have to say Candy Crush to trigger some people. But looking across all departments of the company you can see change. Positive change I hope they will try to make in all of their departments. And “we all win” surely is this kind of change where they do something directly addressing (potential) users trying to improve their life.