Akvelon | Case Study: Microsoft DevDiv
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04 Apr Case Study: Microsoft DevDiv

Client

Since 2000, Akvelon has maintained a long-lasting partnership with Microsoft, an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services.

 

AppCenter

Business Need

A platform was needed to continuously build, test, release, and monitor apps for popular mobile platforms.

 

Solution

Akvelon accelerated the development of Microsoft AppCenter product and migrating HockeyApp functionality: infrastructure, services, UI, various mobile SDKs.

Akvelon developed solution for provisioning (installing latest dev tools) and deployment of build VMs (MacOS, Windows, Linux) for internal Microsoft teams, Azure Pipelines (Build using Hosted Images) and AppCenter.

 

Benefits and Results

Akvelon engineers accelerated development by implementing new functionality both as individual contributors and as dedicated teams. Akvelon engineers also supported customers via IcM, DRY, public GH repos support responsibilities.

 

Technologies Used

Azure Public Cloud (blob, Redis, Service Bus, Key Vault, AAD/Graph, Table Storage, AppInsights), NodeJS, Azure DevOps, TypeScript, VMWare ReactJS, Android, iOS, ReactNative, Unity

 

Xamarin

Business Need

Microsoft’s mission is to give mobile developers all tools they need to bring great ideas into life using Visual Studio.

Solution

Simplify and enhance mobile development for Visual Studio users.

Benefits and Results

1. In terms of Xamarin product Akvelon worked (mostly bugfixing and minor improvements) on several core components: Xamarin Installer, Xamarin.Forms, Xamarin Designer for iOS and Android, Xamarin.Android sub-projects: Xamarin Device Manager, Xamarin SDK Manager.
2. In terms of Xamarin team itself they also use MacCloud Hosted builds Akvelon maintains (build and test infrastructure for internal Microsoft products)
3. In terms of Xamarin developers ecosystem Akvelon worked on Xamarin Test Cloud (running UI and integration tests), Xamarin Build Cloud (AppCenter) and series of mobile SDKs for Xamarin (Analytics, etc)

Technologies Used

C#, .Net, WPF, Xamarin.Mac, Visual Studio for Mac, Cocoa, Xwt, Gtk, Mono, .Net Framework, .Net Core, C++

 

 

WinForms

Business need

Microsoft’s mission is to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft is committed to delivering great experiences and customer service to people with disabilities.

Solution

Simplify work with .NET Framework Windows Forms based apps for people with disabilities.

Benefits and Results

Akvelon works with the WinForms/ClickOnce team and responsible for the accessibility related tasks in .Net Framework such as fixing WinForms/ClickOnce/VS accessibility issues reported by customers or implementing the accessibility features that WinForms still lack.

 

Technologies Used

C#, MSAA, C++, .Net Framework, WinForms, Accessibility, COM



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