Netflix Spinnaker pipelines tighten bond with Kubernetes

Netflix and Google’s Spinnaker pipeline tool has improved its integration with Kubernetes, which should add to its appeal within enterprise DevOps shops where Spinnaker has accelerated continuous deployment.

Spinnaker pipelines are highly customizable, but default settings developed at Netflix can give less advanced DevOps shops a leg up as they implement continuous deployment for applications. Some users have replaced another open source pipeline tool, Jenkins, with Spinnaker because it was easier to use. However, previous integrations between Spinnaker and Kubernetes container clusters needed improvement, which was delivered this week.

Version two of Spinnaker’s Kubernetes plugin, which is called a provider, integrates with the native kubectl command-line interface (CLI) instead of the previously used Java library, and adds support for custom resource definitions that facilitate management of third-party infrastructure components alongside Kubernetes.

This means that the v2 provider automatically retrieves Kubernetes manifests for the container images a user wants to deploy, and generates multiple versions of those manifests for staging, QA and production environments as part of the Spinnaker pipeline. IT ops admins can also use the new provider to restrict developers’ access to Kubernetes clusters for security purposes.

“I’m not afraid of the Kubernetes provider anymore,” said Gard Rimestad, staff DevOps engineer at Schibsted Media Group, a multinational media company in Norway, a V2 early adopter. “This one is very close to the Kubernetes code, and means we can use the same versions of Kubernetes with Spinnaker in the cloud that we use locally.”

Google and Netflix also borrowed Kubernetes’ early-stage governance structure for the Spinnaker project this week. Under the new governance plan, the project will get two steering committees, one to oversee the overall project roadmap and another to evaluate technical strategy, which will open up Spinnaker pipelines to more contributors over the next year. This is a prerequisite to Spinnaker’s eventual donation to an established foundation, such as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, its parent The Linux Foundation or another group, said Andy Glover, director of delivery engineering at Netflix.

Spinnaker pipelines help users get CD off the ground

Netflix created the Spinnaker pipelines tool in 2014 for internal use, and Google joined the project when the continuous deployment software was released to the open source community in 2015. Netflix has long been seen as an elite user of technology. But since June 2017, and the Spinnaker 1.0 release, the Netflix pipeline approach has caught the attention of more earthbound enterprises.

There’s work in the Spinnaker community on a way to say, ‘Deploy this thing, I don’t care how.’ … You can seamlessly update the ‘how’ under the hood as technology changes.
Andrew Dobsonsoftware engineer, Vistaprint

“We made seven attempts at continuous deployment starting five years ago, and they all failed,” said Brandon Leach, senior engineering manager for continuous deployment at Lookout, a mobile device security company in San Francisco. Lookout found uneasy equilibrium for a while with four different Jenkins pipelines, but still searched for a better approach, which it found in Spinnaker in 2018.

“Spinnaker let us orchestrate infrastructure from the perspective of a code release,” Leach said. “We thought about how we wanted the release to happen, and then infrastructure just happened for us, in a much smoother way than blue/green deployments that used Terraform wrappers.”

Vistaprint USA Inc., which custom-prints marketing materials for small businesses, replaced a continuous deployment system based on Atlassian’s Bamboo and Jenkins with Spinnaker pipelines. Vistaprint looked to replace its previous pipelines after under-provisioned Bamboo builds took longer than a day to spin up, and production releases got stuck waiting on those tests to finish. The company tested and compared Spinnaker vs. Jenkins combined with application deployment code written in-house, and Spinnaker won based on its ease of use.

“I had a basic Spinnaker pipeline up and running in a day, and you could see it do [deployments] in another day and a half,” said Andrew Dobson, software engineer at Vistaprint, in Lexington, Mass., a subsidiary of Cimpress, based in the Netherlands.

Spinnaker pipelines can abstract nitty-gritty infrastructure configuration tasks away from DevOps teams, but users can also tinker with Spinnaker’s code. Lookout’s Leach wrote his own infrastructure provider for Spinnaker to support a container orchestration environment on Amazon ECS instead of Kubernetes. Schibsted’s Rimestad blended Spinnaker pipeline tools with his company’s own open source deployment daemon.

Spinnaker pipeline users draw up wish list

Spinnaker pipelines help enterprises navigate the early stages of continuous deployment, but as users grow more sophisticated they look for more features, such as automated evaluation, promotion and rollback of software artifacts in the Spinnaker pipeline before the continuous integration stage. Users also said the tool could improve its API support for stateful app deployment, and stabilize and simplify the CLI for Spinnaker pipelines. Many are eager to get their hands on declarative pipeline tools still at the alpha stage within Netflix.

“There’s work in the Spinnaker community on a way to say, ‘Deploy this thing, I don’t care how,'” Vistaprint’s Dobson said. “That means you can seamlessly update the ‘how’ under the hood as technology changes.”

The Spinnaker pipeline roadmap also includes the artifact promotion features, enhancements to make the alpha version of the CLI easier to use, and updates for stateful application deployment APIs requested by users, the project’s maintainers said.

“All stateful services at Netflix use Spinnaker’s APIs directly to affect delivery,” Netflix’s Glover said. “Cassandra, our encoding farms, and our Kafka messaging services have built some custom orchestrated deployments using Spinnaker APIs, but not pipelines, out of the box, [and] eventually we will build some of this functionality into Spinnaker.”

For Sale – Complete compact gaming PC – VR ready

Hey, this PC has sat behind my TV for ages but I don’t get the time to play on it…it’s pretty good spec and I have used it with VR so ‘VR ready’ as it were

It’s in a small compact case (similar size to a large console than a PC) and has been build with quality components.

i5-4690K CPU
Gigabyte Z87N-wifi mobo
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
500GD Samsung 840pro SSD
1060 3GB GFX card

Buyer will not be disappointed, more than happy to demo/let buyer test if collected/delivered.

Review of graphics card

Overview of the case

£560inc fully insured delivery (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs)

Razer Chroma keyboard £75

Am looking for £620 inc courier for both (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs) – open to offers within reason.

Price and currency: £620
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG/Bank xfer
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Commvault backup-as-a-service portfolio expands by 3 options

The Commvault backup-as-a-service portfolio will gain three new services: Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery as-a-Service; Commvault Complete B&RaaS for Virtual Machines; and Commvault Complete B&RaaS for Native Cloud Applications, which protects Microsoft Office 365 and Salesforce.

Commvault will make the Complete B&RaaS options available for subscription on the AWS Marketplace, Microsoft Azure Marketplace and the Commvault Marketplace by December 2018. The platform is currently in private preview for select customers.

Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery is the vendor’s flagship data protection product. Its capabilities include disaster recovery, snapshot management, endpoint user protection, replication and archiving. The move to offer full-featured Commvault backup as a service was driven by customer demand, according to Sabrinath Rao, general manager of worldwide cloud business at Commvault, based in Tinton Falls, N.J.

“All of our customers are moving to SaaS, whether we like it or not,” Rao said at the Commvault GO user conference last week. “When they’re buying SaaS infrastructure and SaaS applications, they’re expecting us to deliver a protection product as SaaS.”

Commvault service seeks to ease cloud difficulties

Rao noted that, despite the demand, public cloud customers are being underserved in two ways. First, for enterprise customers, “public clouds lack the tools that surround enterprise workloads, like backup, user access, security and policy management,” he said.

Second, for the SMB customers with fewer IT resources, public clouds lack simplicity.

“The midmarket and SMB is looking for a friction-free experience — three clicks, I’m done, kind of experience,” Rao said. “No backup product is able to deliver that.”

All of our customers are moving to SaaS, whether we like it or not. When they’re buying SaaS infrastructure and SaaS applications, they’re expecting us to deliver a protection product as SaaS.
Sabrinath Raogeneral manager of worldwide cloud business, Commvault

Offering Commvault backup as a service is a move to address both shortcomings.

With simplicity as a primary goal, Commvault backup as a service charges on consumption-based, pay-as-you-go pricing models, with options for fixed-term subscriptions, as well. Also, offering the service in the same marketplaces where customers shop for SaaS infrastructure and apps is important to providing that “friction-free experience” the vendor is aiming for.

Commvault last year launched Endpoint Data Protection as a Service for backup and recovery of laptops, desktops and other devices.

Phil Goodwin, research director at IDC, said market analysis studies support Rao’s findings about customers adopting cloud and feeding a growing demand for cloud-based data protection.

“Our research shows that nearly all new application deployments have a cloud element, so being able to operate in the cloud is pretty critical,” Goodwin said. “New application deployments on premises are pretty much flat. On the broad scale, all the growth is in the cloud.”

Goodwin added that selling Commvault backup as a service makes sense, as it’s the logical choice for the vendor to grow alongside the market.

“One of their critical paths is to create that ecosystem within the cloud — to be able to develop cloud service providers who can use their product to go to market and thereby create demand for Commvault products,” Goodwin said.

For Sale – Complete compact gaming PC – VR ready

Hey, this PC has sat behind my TV for ages but I don’t get the time to play on it…it’s pretty good spec and I have used it with VR so ‘VR ready’ as it were

It’s in a small compact case (similar size to a large console than a PC) and has been build with quality components.

i5-4690K CPU
Gigabyte Z87N-wifi mobo
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
500GD Samsung 840pro SSD
1060 3GB GFX card

Buyer will not be disappointed, more than happy to demo/let buyer test if collected/delivered.

Review of graphics card

Overview of the case

£560inc fully insured delivery (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs)

Razer Chroma keyboard £75

Am looking for £620 inc courier for both (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs) – open to offers within reason.

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Go to the next level of Windows Mixed Reality with the Samsung HMD Odyssey+ – Windows Experience Blog

Samsung has announced a new advanced display technology for the HMD Odyssey+, bringing true-to-life visuals to its entry in the Windows Mixed Reality space that delivers an improved life-like and immersive experience.
To push visual boundaries, the headset has dual 3.5-inch AMOLED displays and a combined resolution of 2,880 x 1,600. And on the audio end, it integrates AKG’s premium audio technology for exceptional and dynamic sound performance. You’ll feel truly in the moment with built-in 360-degree Spatial Sound support that simulates 3D sounds, delivering clear and precise acoustics from every angle. There are also built-in volume controls.
You’ll experience true, distraction-free immersive viewing with the Samsung HMD Odyssey+’s exclusive Anti-Screen Door Effect (Anti-SDE) Display innovation [1]. When fine lines separating pixels become visible in some displays, the “screen door effect” can hinder immersion and even lead to dizziness or nausea over time. This headset deploys its cutting-edge display technology to fight irritating fixed-pattern noise for an enhanced MR experience.
And for those moments when you need to get back to reality, its controller can act as a flashlight so you can see the world around you – delivering a more comfortable and convenient way to stay aware of your surroundings.
But while you’re wearing the headset, you’ll find you can enjoy it longer, thanks to its improved ergonomic design. It weighs only 1.3 pounds and has a wider eye box to help match your facial features.
And now, anyone can find that perfect fit because everything from the headband to the display position, to the Inter-Pupillary Distance (IPD) wheel, is easily adjustable. The breathable anti-fog material of the face padding ensures the inside of the eye box doesn’t mist up, so you can enjoy your MR experience in greater comfort for extended hours, while the detachable design makes the headset easy to clean.
When you’re gaming with the headset, you’ll find built-in Bluetooth and Inside-Out Position tracking features, along with an easy plug-in setup with a compatible PC – you can jump into MR from just about anywhere. It also comes with pre-paired controllers, so you can start playing right out of the box.
With precision 6 Degrees Of Freedom (6DOF) tracking, you can indulge in richer mixed reality experiences. The 6DOF controller can detect your every move and distance traveled inside your MR world, responding quickly to the slightest motion, ensuring your gameplay movements are more natural, and significantly reducing any dizziness from in-game motion.
The Samsung HMD Odyssey+ will be available in the U.S. starting Oct. 22 at the Microsoft Store and Samsung.com, and will be soon available in other regions including Korea, China, Hong Kong and Brazil.
It will also be on showcase at Unite Los Angeles at the Microsoft booth 309-310 from Oct. 23 – 25.
For more information about the Samsung HMD Odyssey+ visit: www.samsung.com.
[1] Samsung Anti-SDE AMOLED Display solves SDE by applying a grid that diffuses light coming from each pixel and replicating the picture to areas around each pixel. This makes the spaces between pixels near impossible to see. In result, your eyes perceive the diffused light as part of the visual content, with a perceived PPI of 1,233PPI, double that of the already high 616PPI of the previous generation Samsung HMD Odyssey+.

Hyper-V vs. vSphere high availability features

High availability is a critical function of any virtual server environment. Without HA, the failure of a host server would result in the outage of every VM running on that host.

VMware vSphere high availability and Microsoft Hyper-V HA serve the same purpose, but they operate somewhat differently.

VMware provides vSphere high availability through a service that the company calls HA. As is the case with Microsoft’s high availability (HA) feature, vSphere high availability is based on the creation of a cluster. In VMware’s case, a cluster is a collection of ESXi servers that are collectively administered by vCenter Server.

When you create a vSphere cluster, HA nominates one of the cluster hosts to act as a master host. This master host monitors the state of the other hosts in the cluster, and it is responsible for maintaining cluster-level communications with vCenter Server.

The master host monitors the other hosts in the cluster to make sure they maintain a network heartbeat. If a host stops sending a heartbeat signal to the master host, then the master host must determine whether it has simply lost communication or if the host has failed. It does this by checking to see if the host in question is still communicating with its data store. If so, the host is considered functional.

For this reason, the master host monitors the VMs. If the VMs power off, they will be restarted on a different host; it’s possible to configure vSphere to respond to this type of isolation in a variety of ways. If, on the other hand, the master host determines that a host server has failed, then its VMs will be restarted on a different host in the cluster.

One of the nice things about the way VMware handles the VM restart process is that it enables administrators to prioritize VMs. That way, admins can bring the most important VMs online first. Once HA restarts those VMs, it will restart lower priority VMs until all of the VMs are running or until the remaining host resources within the cluster have been depleted.

The Microsoft approach

The biggest difference is that while VMware provides high availability as a virtualization-specific function, Microsoft provides high availability through the Windows Failover Clustering feature.

Microsoft’s approach to providing Hyper-V HA for VMs is somewhat similar to VMware’s approach, although each company has its own nuances. The biggest difference is that while VMware provides high availability as a virtualization-specific function, Microsoft provides high availability through the Windows Failover Clustering feature.

This feature can provide high availability to a variety of workload types, not just VMs. The Failover Clustering feature runs on each Hyper-V host within the cluster. Unlike the VMware approach, which requires vCenter Server, no management server is required. However, Microsoft does provide the Failover Cluster Manager, which is a built-in tool admins can use to configure and manage the cluster.

Although not a requirement in every situation, most Windows failover clusters are connected to a cluster shared volume. A cluster shared volume is a remote storage volume that is attached to each of the cluster nodes by way of Fibre Channel, iSCSI or server message block 3.0. The cluster shared volume acts as a repository for the files that make up the various VMs. Because all of the cluster nodes are attached to the same cluster shared volume, any node can access the files for any VM.

Similar to VMware environments, Hyper-V nodes communicate their status through heartbeats. If a node’s heartbeat stops, then that node is assumed to have failed.

Microsoft uses a quorum model to determine what will happen in a failure situation. The workings of this model can vary significantly depending on which version of Windows admins use. Generally speaking, the quorum model is designed to ensure that the majority of the nodes are still accessible, thereby preventing a situation in which a node that has become isolated from all of the other nodes as a result of a network failure tries to take over hosting all of the running workloads.

If a Windows failover cluster detects a node failure and the cluster still has quorum, meaning that the majority of the nodes are still accessible, the cluster will move the Hyper-V HA workloads — in this case, VMs — off the failed node and onto a functional node. Like VMware, there is a mechanism for prioritizing VMs.

When comparing Hyper-V vs. vSphere high availability, there are many similarities. While it’s true that there are certain things unique to one company or the other, neither company’s high availability feature is clearly superior.

MileIQ Team Launches New Microsoft Garage Project to Simplify Expense Management – Microsoft Garage

In the fall of 2015, a startup team committed to making mileage logging easier joined Microsoft to expand their ability to empower the self-directed worker. Today, the team that created MileIQ now announces an iOS app to simplify expense management. Spend, a Microsoft Garage project, is now available for download in the US App Store.

The Microsoft Garage has released dozens of projects in the four years following the October 2014 launch of its Garage project program. Several projects have gone on to become features of flagship Microsoft products or new, branded products in their own right. Both self-organized, grassroots teams and arms of Microsoft product groups have leveraged the program to collect user feedback, add new features, and refine their approach.

Spend joins a host of Garage projects that have narrowed in on a specific target customer to understand their needs and build scenarios that tackle acute problems. Sports Performance Platform worked with the Seattle Seahawks, Benfica, Cricket Australia, and Real Madrid among other major sports teams and organizations. Video Indexer—the once-titled Video Breakdown and Garage project alum—synthesized multiple Microsoft Cognitive Services into an improved experience and is now offered as a standalone Azure Media Service. Microsoft Kaizala began its journey focusing on mobile collaboration scenarios, getting its big break working with the Indian state government to organize a massive holiday event attended by over 20 million people.

Hassle-Free, On-the-go Expense Management

Spend is mobile-first and built with the user in mind, making it simple to track expenses for reimbursements or taxes

• Quickly manage all your purchases for your expense reports with automatically tracked expenses from a connected credit card, debit card or bank account
• See purchases in a feed and easily classify expenses as business or personal with a single swipe
• Edit purchases or bulk classify expenses through the web dashboard
• Create accurate reports with only a few clicks for the week, month, or another customer period
• Fully customize reports which are available in either spreadsheet or PDF, commonly-used formats compatible with leading accounting and expense management software
• Snap pictures of receipts and attached to purchase with additional features for easy cash purchase management
• Track confidently: Spend uses 256-bit encryption, bank-level security, with Microsoft certifications

Spend, a Microsoft Garage project

The team has long focused on creating solutions that simplify work and empower self-directed workers, and built its first product MileIQ to enhance the mileage logging experience. When you’re on the road a lot, it can be time-consuming and chaotic to organize mileage and gas information for reimbursements or tax deductions. Now, the team is also turning its attention to another pain point for this audience: expense management.

“Keeping, sorting, and tracking paper receipts is annoying and inefficient. Spend uses intelligent features to bring receipt and expense tracking to the modern era,” says Heman Chawda, Product Manager for Spend. Built for mobile and designed around those always on the go, Spend takes a fresh approach to expense management. “It’s a great opportunity for us to be able to explore this space,” shared Nat Robinson, General Manager of MileIQ. “We are a growing team at Microsoft working on a number of experiences that empower small and medium businesses. The Microsoft Garage gives us the chance to offer a simplified expense management experience and really hone the value we provide. This is an important area of investment for us—we’re really excited to take this first step.”

RingCentral the latest UCaaS vendor to acquire a cloud contact center

RingCentral plans to acquire the cloud customer engagement platform Dimelo. The acquisition is the latest in a series of moves this year by cloud telephony vendors to add cloud contact center products to their portfolios.

Dimelo makes a cloud-based platform for managing digital customer communication channels, including SMS, email, social media messaging and chat apps, such as WeChat. The software has open APIs, so businesses can connect it to phone systems, customer relationship management software and chatbots.

The acquisition will give RingCentral direct sales lines to Dimelo’s 160 customers, which include large enterprises such as Allianz, AXA, BNP Paribas, ENGIE, Orange and Telenor. Dimelo is also one of a handful of partners in the beta program of Apple Business Chat, a consumer-to-business messaging service native to iOS devices.

In its annual ranking of vendors, which was released this week, Gartner reaffirmed RingCentral’s status as a leader of the fast-growing market for unified communications as a service (UCaaS). RingCentral had more UCaaS seats than any other vendor as of the second quarter of 2018, with 18% of the total, according to Synergy Research, based in Reno, Nev.

RingCentral did not disclose the financial terms of the Dimelo deal. But the company advised investors that the acquisition — expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018 — would not significantly affect its balance sheet this year.

UCaaS vendors enter cloud contact center market

RingCentral’s decision to buy Dimelo provides further proof that the markets for UC and contact center platforms are converging in the cloud, and it underscores the urgency for UCaaS vendors to enhance their cloud contact center offerings.

Most UCaaS vendors already make contact center platforms available to customers through partnerships with pure-play vendors, like Nice inContact. This year, UCaaS vendors have stepped up efforts to build out their portfolios.

Last month, UCaaS vendor Vonage acquired cloud contact center vendor NewVoiceMedia in a $350 million deal — Vonage’s largest buy to date. And earlier this year, 8×8 added the X Series contact center platform to its pure-cloud product line.

“Now that the cloud has made contact center alternatives real, it’s kind of like a wild west,” said Jon Arnold, principal of Toronto-based analysis firm J Arnold & Associates. “Anybody can do this. You don’t need to have this 20- to 30-year pedigree of being a pure-play contact center player to be in the space.”

By acquiring Dimelo and NewVoiceMedia, RingCentral and Vonage are trying to shore up future positions as second-tier contact center vendors behind market leaders like Avaya and Genesys, Arnold said.

“When you take these kinds of vendors off the table, like a NewVoiceMedia, that gives fewer opportunities for smaller up-and-coming cloud contact center [vendors] to do what Vonage and RingCentral are doing now,” Arnold said.

Nearly 37% of companies in a recent Nemertes Research survey said they bought UC and contact center products from the same vendor, according to Robin Gareiss, president of the firm, which is based in Mokena, Ill.

“For UCaaS companies to have a complete portfolio that is competitive with other cloud providers, as well as on-premises providers, [digital customer engagement] needs to be part of the solution,” Gareiss said. “The question is, will they need a full contact center platform in the future, or can they engage customers with new, AI-powered digital platforms?”

For Sale – Gigabyte BRIX i5 4570R / 8GB DDR3L 1600Mhz / 250 Evo mSATA SSD / WD Blue 500GB HD / Win10

Hi.

I’m selling a very powerful Gigabyte Brix Pro 4570r. This contains a desktop class i5 processor not a mobile i5 processor. Comes fully kitted out with RAM, SSD and hard drive for extra storage.

Contents:
Brix Pro GB-BXi5-4570R
8GB Corsair 1600Mhz DDR3L

Samsung Evo 250GB mSATA
Western Digital Blue 2.5″ 500GB hard drive
Wifi/Bluetooth card
Power supply.

Comes with original box which includes VESA bracket for mounting on back of monitor.

Windows 10 will be installed on the SSD but not activated. Windows 10 can be used without an activation code and you still get all the updates.

Tiny desktop replacement!

Postage price inc. RM Special Delivery is £270. If picked up I could knock a tenner off.

Price and currency: £270
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BASC
Location: Southport
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MileIQ Team Launches New Microsoft Garage Project to Simplify Expense Management – Microsoft Garage

In the fall of 2015, a startup team committed to making mileage logging easier joined Microsoft to expand their ability to empower the self-directed worker. Today, the team that created MileIQ now announces an iOS app to simplify expense management. Spend, a Microsoft Garage project, is now available for download in the US App Store.

The Microsoft Garage has released dozens of projects in the four years following the October 2014 launch of its Garage project program. Several projects have gone on to become features of flagship Microsoft products or new, branded products in their own right. Both self-organized, grassroots teams and arms of Microsoft product groups have leveraged the program to collect user feedback, add new features, and refine their approach.

Spend joins a host of Garage projects that have narrowed in on a specific target customer to understand their needs and build scenarios that tackle acute problems. Sports Performance Platform worked with the Seattle Seahawks, Benfica, Cricket Australia, and Real Madrid among other major sports teams and organizations. Video Indexer—the once-titled Video Breakdown and Garage project alum—synthesized multiple Microsoft Cognitive Services into an improved experience and is now offered as a standalone Azure Media Service. Microsoft Kaizala began its journey focusing on mobile collaboration scenarios, getting its big break working with the Indian state government to organize a massive holiday event attended by over 20 million people.

Hassle-Free, On-the-go Expense Management

Spend is mobile-first and built with the user in mind, making it simple to track expenses for reimbursements or taxes

• Quickly manage all your purchases for your expense reports with automatically tracked expenses from a connected credit card, debit card or bank account
• See purchases in a feed and easily classify expenses as business or personal with a single swipe
• Edit purchases or bulk classify expenses through the web dashboard
• Create accurate reports with only a few clicks for the week, month, or another customer period
• Fully customize reports which are available in either spreadsheet or PDF, commonly-used formats compatible with leading accounting and expense management software
• Snap pictures of receipts and attached to purchase with additional features for easy cash purchase management
• Track confidently: Spend uses 256-bit encryption, bank-level security, with Microsoft certifications

Spend, a Microsoft Garage project

The team has long focused on creating solutions that simplify work and empower self-directed workers, and built its first product MileIQ to enhance the mileage logging experience. When you’re on the road a lot, it can be time-consuming and chaotic to organize mileage and gas information for reimbursements or tax deductions. Now, the team is also turning its attention to another pain point for this audience: expense management.

“Keeping, sorting, and tracking paper receipts is annoying and inefficient. Spend uses intelligent features to bring receipt and expense tracking to the modern era,” says Heman Chawda, Product Manager for Spend. Built for mobile and designed around those always on the go, Spend takes a fresh approach to expense management. “It’s a great opportunity for us to be able to explore this space,” shared Nat Robinson, General Manager of MileIQ. “We are a growing team at Microsoft working on a number of experiences that empower small and medium businesses. The Microsoft Garage gives us the chance to offer a simplified expense management experience and really hone the value we provide. This is an important area of investment for us—we’re really excited to take this first step.”