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Microsoft will release its hackathon help tool to the world

Blair Hanley Frank | Sept. 4, 2015
It was used to manage Microsoft's internal Oneweek hackathon and is slated for release next year.

"It's fascinating to me that when you talk to early-stage career people about Microsoft tools, there's an information gap," Ramos said.

In his experience, student developers are most familiar with free tools like GitHub. However, Microsoft has found that students tend to react favorably toward the company's tools once they get access to them. The company is already trying to create those encounters: It has a "Community" edition of Visual Studio 2015 that provides free access to a basic version of the company's development tools.

There's still plenty of ground to cover if the Garage is going to ship this tool to the public. Piloting it with colleges will be a key step towards it release, but Ramos said there's still work to be done before schools can get their hands on it, including handling issues related to privacy and drawing up license agreements.


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