Microsoft Developer Dream Team Targets Next-Generation Developers
Microsoft is going after next-generation developers to use its expanded development platform to build new next-gen apps.It’s really nothing new that Microsoft is once again reaching out to developers with a vengeance and is jazzed about its sharpened focus on new application patterns and the Microsoft development platform. What perhaps is new is the overall excitement of and around the team tasked with getting out the word. Channeling his inner LL Cool J, John Shewchuk, a Microsoft Technical Fellow heading up the technical evangelism and development team, essentially told eWEEK: “Don’t call it a comeback. We’ve been here for years!” Shewchuk took exception to his elite group being viewed as a “new” team, citing that the Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) team is not new in the least. In fact, the group has been around since 2001. Shewchuk himself has been at Microsoft for nearly 20 years and is the CTO for the Microsoft Developer Platform. However, in breaking the story of Shewchuk’s team’s new focus, Mary Jo Foley at “All About Microsoft” called it a new "deep tech" team inside the DPE unit “charged with working with top developers outside the company to build next-generation applications on top of the Microsoft platform.” Back in the day, the Microsoft platform was primarily Windows and the company ruled its developer environment, but as Microsoft has moved from being just a software vendor to a devices and services vendor, the Microsoft platform has become much more than just Windows to include Windows Azure, Windows Phone, Bing, Xbox and more, Shewchuk said. And his group is tasked with helping developers “stitch apps together” using elements of developer goodness from across Microsoft’s varied products.
“Our goal is to work with the community of developers, designers and IT pros in startups, ISVs and enterprise shops to take advantage of our technology and new application patterns, multi-device support and things like support for Linux-based systems in Azure. And there is so much more,” Shewchuk said. “I don’t think people know how to access all that stuff on their own. The Microsoft developer platform has really become much broader as a result of bets Microsoft has made over the last few years.”