The mystery of RGV2cw, Microsoft’s extremely nerdy secret message to developers

The mystery of RGV2cw, Microsoft’s extremely nerdy secret message to developers

When he was nonetheless working Microsoft, Steve Ballmer precipitated fairly the stir within the tech world by screaming “Developers! Developers! Developers!” Since the manager retired to spend extra time together with his basketball workforce, nevertheless, the tech large’s present CEO is decidedly extra…delicate in his method.

In the kickoff keynote to the primary all-virtual construct convention, Satya Nadella delivered a speech in entrance of a giant shelving unit filled with knickknacks and household pictures. And there was “RGV2cw.” The seemingly nonsensical string of letters sat to the proper of the CEO’s head. But these sorts of backdrops aren’t chosen at random. Surely there have to be some that means within the insanity.

The letters despatched twitter customers scrambling to decode. One famous the presence of a person on a dev board with the title. Another rapidly snapped up the deal with to ship Build associated tweets. This person, nevertheless, seems to be the primary to have cracked the code:

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That is such a cool nod to Devs #MSBuild

— Sancho Harker | MVP | #PowerAddict (@iAm_ManCat) May 19, 2020

Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman confirmed the message. It was, fairly actually, a coded message to builders. Specifically, it’s the phrase “devs” within the Base64 format. Here, run it via this decoder to see for your self.

It doesn’t have the shouting, sweaty urgency of Ballmer, however it’s a pleasant tip of the fedora nonetheless.

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