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Security Researcher Acknowledgments for Microsoft Online Services

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is pleased to recognize the security researchers who have helped make Microsoft online services safer by finding and reporting security vulnerabilities. Each name listed represents an individual or company who has privately disclosed one or more security vulnerabilities in our online services and worked with us to remediate the issue.

August 2014 Security Researchers

For previous months' acknowledgments, visit the acknowledgments archive page.

What are Microsoft online services?

Traditionally, software is installed, used, managed, and supported locally on a computing device within your organization’s environment. For example, you install and use Microsoft Word locally on a PC within your organization. You also manage the operation, upkeep, and maintenance of Word as part of your organization’s overall IT environment.

By contrast, with online services, a critical portion of the software generally resides with a service provider outside your organization’s IT environment. This does not mean that all the software resides with the service provider; there may be some software that is installed locally on your computing device to deliver the value of the online service or to enhance your experience. The common theme amongst online services is that you derive a significant portion of the value of the software by accessing the service provider’s systems remotely from within your own organization. Another key aspect of online services is that the service provider is responsible for managing the operation, upkeep, and maintenance of the software on his systems.

With Microsoft Online Services, Microsoft is the service provider that hosts and manages the software for you.