The fact that the developer ecosystem is rapidly changing is not a surprise to many people. Over the past few years, an increase in the number of developers throughout the world has increased exponentially. We have discussed this in the past (see the full coverage here), and this time around we want to take a closer look at what this means to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).
Rather than dive into the finer details on our own, we decided to dig up some information direct from Microsoft itself. Here is a recent blog post published by the company: Developers, devices and a world of opportunity
One of the most interesting details of this blog post is that it was written by Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform & Evangelism at Microsoft.
If anybody within Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) knows anything about the developer ecosystem it is this guy. Here is the opening of the piece, showing just how big things have become over the years:
“The developer ecosystem is undergoing rapid change, having grown from fewer than 20 million professional programmers just 15 years ago to more than 100 million coders today, ranging from pros to citizen developers. And, the opportunity has never been greater: With an explosion of low cost, powerful devices and the access to massive computing and processing power in the cloud, developers are no longer constrained by the hardware or software of a specific device or a local data store. But with opportunity comes the challenges of learning new technologies, fierce competition, and juggling the variety of devices and services in the marketplace. A successful path forward can include navigating any number of difficult choices before an app can generate revenue, create a differentiated experience and provide an efficient return on investment.”
When you read through that bit of information, it is easy to see how far the developer ecosystem has come in a short period of time. It is also easy to see that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is doing its part in pushing things forward.
While there is plenty of opportunity out there, Guggenheimer is not lost on the fact that there are quite a few challenges as well. And for Microsoft, many of these challenges are all too real.
For example, the company is facing fierce competition throughout many markets. From its operating system to its foray into the tablet industry, there are always going to be others who want to crush the company.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) continues to employ some of the top developers in the world, and this is not going to change at any point in the future.