Developing The Mobile Applications
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the vast majority of your life, you’ve probably already heard of one of the tech giants today, Microsoft. For those of you who do not know, Microsoft is responsible for a lot of software that is widely used today- one of them is the Microsoft Windows operating system.
Now, the Windows platform is in a tricky situation. The Windows operating system is without a doubt the most widely used OS on Desktop/Laptop computers. But, you hardly see any phone nowadays that have their Windows mobile platform.
In fact, according to a recent survey, Microsoft’s Windows mobile platform only accounts for 2.5% of the market share which is really insignificant when compared to the behemoths such as Android and iOS.
Satya Nadella, the company’s current CEO, said something really interesting. The company is set to shift its focus on a more mobile platform by giving out the statement, “mobile-first, cloud-first company”.
Now, I just want to clarify that although the company is shifting its focus on a more mobile platform of mobile app development, this is not to say that they will halt any development on their desktop operating system. So Windows users, do not fret.
Since the announcement, the company has made amazing strides with the release of cloud services such as the Visual Studio Online and Azure.
Aside from such services, Microsoft has also released some Microsoft Office-specific apps that are now available on popular operating systems (particular iOS).
The company is also slated to release some mobile devices including their Surface tablets, as well as their very own mobile phones. Currently, they work hand in hand with Nokia to deliver phones that are powered by Windows mobile.
App Development Frameworks You Can Use
Microsoft has also released some of its APIs for use in application development. And no, this is not restricted to the Windows mobile platform. In fact, you can incorporate certain Microsoft APIs if you want to build apps either for iOS or Android.
For instance, you can make use of their Office365 APIs so that you can incorporate some of its innate tools right on your mobile application!
Another reason why Microsoft is shifting its attention to Mobile is the fact that they’ve released the Visual Studio Online or VSO. This is an application development framework that can help you create applications for Windows Mobile, Android, and even iOS. And what’s more, you can develop apps with cross-platform capabilities as well.
Once your application is developed using Microsoft’s Development toolkit, they will help you easily publish your application online.
They will hand out certificates that will expire in 25 years, so you do not have to worry too much about it. What’s more, the app release process has been streamlined for you and it makes use of a mobile app manager for that.
Although Windows Mobile only has a small demographic in the mobile space, expect a re-emergence soon as the company promises to shift its attention more towards the developing industry.