In my inbox this morning was an interesting question concerning whether Microsoft was winning, or losing the war for developers.
This used to be an easy question for me to answer, whenever someone advocated for anything other than the PC ecosystem. I would ask the person “name the killer app for platform xyz.” I would be met with stony silence, while I easily rattled off dozens of names of apps on the PC, that could be found no where else.
This is no longer even a credible line of inquiry, given the successes of the Android and Apple mobile platforms. In fact, by comparison, the relative paucity of highly recognizable titles available only on PCs (or any Microsoft platform) is quite telling.
That in itself answers the question as to whether Microsoft is winning or losing the hearts and souls of developers.
They are clearly losing – and losing badly.