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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  • Jason Claven

    Smart way to get more and better apps. Same sort of theory as happy wife happy life. lol. Only the wife is app developers here.

  • John Howe

    That’s the only way to steal some developers from Apple and Android at this point. Treating them like royalty will encourage them to make Microsoft their 1st priority.

  • Ray C

    They should be making apps anyway. It can’t be that hard or take that many resources to port and app. Windows Phone and Windows combined is still a lot of people

  • Kevin Revie

    I am a Windows 8.1 developer and Microsoft does not treat us well. I developed about 10 games which I released through the Windows App Store. One day Microsoft sent me a DMCA Copyright complaint from Nintendo for one of my games. My game was similar to one of Nintendo’s so I didn’t try to fight the complaint. As time went on, I kept getting new DMCA complaints from Nintendo. I received about 20 so far. Even games I specifically make to not upset Nintendo get complaints. I tried fighting the complaints, but Microsoft doesn’t care. Once they get a complaint, your game is gone. It doesn’t matter if the complaint is valid or not. Here is exactly what Microsoft told me when I told them my game did not at all infringes on any copyright and I sent them a DMCA counter notice:
    “We have had the opportunity to review your counter notice. The validity of the claim is not for Microsoft to determine and therefore, we cannot accept your counter notice.”

    My account is now locked out. I asked Microsoft why they locked me out of my developer account and they told me they will let me know in 5 to 8 days. There is a reason why Microsoft has a bad reputation with developers. Even if they let me back into my account, I don’t think I want to make games for them any more.