Application Development: Top 10 Microsoft Programming Languages

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Updated 2016-05-23 | Posted 2009-11-25 Print this article Print
Top 10 Microsoft Programming Languages

Top 10 Microsoft Programming Languages

Microsoft has widened its net beyond .NET in its stable of programming languages, including .NET cross-platform support and its own JavaScript flavor.


Updated 5/23/2016

As a software company, Microsoft requires developers that are proficient in a variety of programming languages, including Java. However, C, C++ and C# are three of the primary languages in use at Microsoft for product development. There have been a few changes since eWEEK last looked at this issue in 2009. Microsoft has vastly increased its interest in JavaScript and has delivered its own superset of the language in TypeScript, which is open source. Microsoft also moved to open-source its .NET Framework and take it cross-platform to support not only Windows, but also Linux and the Mac. In doing so, Microsoft opened up its VB and C# language compilers. The company also developed a major interest in the R language for statistical computing and handling big data. This list is not a ranking of the languages most used by the software giant, but represents a listing of the programming languages that Microsoft uses, promotes and keeps track of for its ongoing business. The list is honed from conversations with Microsoft executives and developers, as well as from independent research.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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