Microsoft, It Seems, Treats App Developers Really Well

This is according to an app developer, of course. But there have been some voices in the past that criticized the way Microsoft worked with software developers.

All this, while the technology titan made efforts to get closer to coders in order to encourage them to port their solutions, or program new ones, for the modern versions of Windows. The result of all this is that there are now more than 160,000 apps available on the Windows Store.

And one of these apps is the hit game, Drift Mania.

The series recently hit the milestone of 6 million downloads on both platforms, Windows and Windows Phone, and Pat Toulouse, the forced behind developer Ratrod Studios talked about the experience of porting the application to the Windows ecosystem.

He also commented on the collaboration with Microsoft, saying:

“Microsoft treats us well. We pay a low fee for a developer account, and in return, we get to use Visual Studio, and we get great support throughout our development process so we can really polish our end product.

Microsoft has also provided us resources to help us start advertising via pubCenter, and that has helped us to increase our revenues and generate profits from our free versions. Microsoft’s start-up programs, like BizSpark, have been key, too.”

Some good, if carefully selected, words here.

But on the whole, this is welcome news for fans of the platforms, because not only are more high profile apps launching regularly on Microsoft’s app repositories, but ports of hit video games are also steadily making their way to the platforms, increasing both the quality and quantity of apps available.

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