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Azure DevOps Podcast

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Jul 8, 2024

Kayla Cinnamon is a Senior Product Manager at Microsoft working on the developer experience in Windows. This includes Dev Home and PowerToys. Kayla formerly worked on Windows Terminal and Cascadia Code, which is the font you all use inside Visual Studio. She holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction. She recently was a speaker at the recent Microsoft Build conference.


Topics of Discussion:

[6:02] Kayla talks about DevHome.

[7:18] Examples of having agency over your machine.

[9:05] Setting up an environment in DevHome and a WinGet configuration file.

[10:10] Desired state configuration.

[10:47] How do we generate these files?

[12:26] Using Dev Home to simplify cloning and configuring repositories.

[14:22] DSC can toggle Windows settings as well.

[16:26] What is Dev Drive?

[20:36] How run environments help bring your Cloud and remote environments into a centralized place.

[23:09] The most popular power toys.

[26:07] Windows subsystem for Linux.

[31:00] What’s the next power toy?

[35:18] Ways for people to learn more.


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Ep 54 with Kayla Cinnamon and Rich Turner

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