Publication by Miro about the future of distributed teamwork

Miro for Microsoft-powered software development teams

May 28, 2021

Whether solving major infrastructure issues or resolving a bug, developers rely on visualization of complex architectures to get the job done. It’s critical to getting a shared understanding so that all the moving pieces work as one cohesive unit. Code editing environments like Visual Studio help Microsoft’s network of millions of developers navigate code, debug, test, and complete code. When taken out of technical tools, development teams are required to align and communicate with internal stakeholders across the organization.

Online whiteboards allow developers and their cross-functional teams to gather and visualize their thinking to connect the dots and bring team members out of the code and into the dialogue. Miro has become the visual hub for collaboration that remote agile teams refer to again and again. Developers have taken the lead on remote collaboration in Miro, often starting with a collection of templates designed to help software developers simplify workflows and optimize daily routines.

Himali Tadwalkar

Head of Partner Marketing at Miro


Himali brings together world-class products to bring real value to joint communities. She’s keen on creating space to celebrate and recognize champions and partners.

As part of the explosive growth we’ve experienced at Miro, developers have been front and center. We’re continuing to invest in the Miro Developer Platform, have an active Developer community, have expanded our Engineering team by over 40% over the past year (and we’re hiring!), and attended Microsoft Build as a sponsor to connect and learn from Microsoft developers first-hand.

The British Heart Foundation uses Miro to support the development of digital products. We begin workshops by sharing our screen in a Microsoft Teams call, explaining the exercise and answering any questions… We then work our way around the board by zooming in on each section.

 Kay Hardy, Senior Consultant at Capita Software in the Chartered Institute of IT

This was Microsoft’s second all-virtual Build conference with over 200,000 registrants from software teams around the world. We had the opportunity to connect with attendees in the Featured Partner Showcase and attend sessions to understand trends and pain points facing software development teams today. A top theme that emerged was the new realities of hybrid work that require a structural change to how we build and interact with applications.

Jeffrey Teper, CVP of Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint, emphasized that “we need a new class of applications centered around collaboration versus individual productivity. Apps that enable synchronous and asynchronous modes of collaboration with real-time meetings, ad hoc messaging, content creation, automation of business processes, all in a single layer.”

Since the early days, Miro has been elevating the Microsoft suite experience through integrations with Teams and Office 365.

Imagine transforming documents, sheets, and presentations into a connected, visual flow and then collaborating directly within a Teams tab in real-time on a touch interface Surface Hub or any Windows device. It really is that simple when using Miro with the Microsoft suite.

As we talk about the rise in hybrid work and digital transformation, security persists as a concern for large enterprises that deploy tools across the organization. Our security and compliance standards align with the security needs of big enterprises, starting with Single-Sign-On and user provisioning through Microsoft Azure Active Directory.

Another theme that emerged during Build was around developer velocity. We need to make development faster and more accessible to ensure that the supply of developers can meet the demand. Enabling the speed of development through APIs has been a core part of our philosophy at Miro. We’ve seen developers create apps and embed live Miro boards across a myriad of tools to make meetings and collaboration more engaging. We continue to invest in the capabilities and developer experience of the Miro Platform, to enable new use cases and rapid development of integrations. Subscribe to the Miro newsletter for the latest updates.

What’s next for software development?

The digital transformation that was projected to happen over the next 10 years is happening today, and according to Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, that’s in large part thanks to today’s software developers, who he describes as the “digital first responders” during this unprecedented time in history. Nadella kicked off Build 2021 with an inspirational keynote highlighting the vision for Microsoft as a platform with developers at the heart of it. We captured a graphic recording of the keynote in case you missed it.

The second day at Build started with an engaging and hands-on session packed with Microsoft heavy hitters that covered the latest in innovation and productivity enhancements across Microsoft Cloud, Visual Studio, Azure applications services, and more.

It’s clear that the last year spurred a new way of working that has accelerated the need for technology and remote collaboration. Miro is facilitating teams to work more effectively with the Microsoft suite and other tools that software development teams love.

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