Microsoft at LeWeb: You’ve changed, man

imageSpeaking at LeWeb London last week, Microsoft platform evangelist Tim O’Brien described how the company is changing to become more supportive of open-source standards and tools and non-Microsoft technology. That’s a change the developer community will welcome.

So, why the change? Back in the ripped-jeans heyday of grunge (AKA the nineties – but you already know that. I hope) Microsoft was known for its overbearing behaviour. Says Tim, “We’d tell developers to abandon old tools in favour of new tools.” Not cool.

I think Microsoft has realised it needs to be realistic about the world of development. This is a world of multiple platforms and tools. The days of saying ‘I’m [solely] a Windows person’ – or Oracle or Java person – are over. Today’s developer relies on a mixed bag of skills. If the 90s were about grunge, in 21C it’s all about the hip-hop mash-up.

Tim’s message was, rather than dictating the terms, Microsoft is now committed to enabling developers to use their existing skill-sets to develop for the next generation of platforms. That’s exciting news indeed.

Watch Tim’s Q&A session at London LeWeb

Speaking of the next generation…

  • Download the Windows 8 Developer Tools – they’re all free
  • Windows Developer Centre – all news, updates, links and downloads
  • Building Windows 8 – an inside look from the Windows engineering team
  • – video tutorials and product information from Microsoft
  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview forum – need help? Try here.
  • Windows 8 Developer Linked In Group – Join the Windows 8 developer group to get your app into the Windows Store.
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    Jaime Keenan is an Audience Marketing Manager for Microsoft UK. She blogs over on DesignFFS about designing, building and marketing beautiful, amazing apps.

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