It isn't easy competing with Apple and Google for developer attention, even when you're a software company like Microsoft.
The company ended the year by releasing a report showing substantial growth of its app store, Windows Store, along with its more specific Windows Phone Store for smartphone apps. The news was good: The company showed 110 percent growth in overall downloads compared to 2013. That should be impressive to developers, right?
Well, for some it was:
Others seemed impatient for Microsoft to take steps that would further improve its competitive position.
A number of comments on Twitter applauded Microsoft for arming developers with useful information.
Then there were those who simply scoffed at the notion of growth in the Windows app space.
@TechCrunch did any extra 11 people download something?— Jason Whitehorn (@falseprime) January 1, 2015
And despite the growth, Microsoft may have more marketing to do for developers to get them interested in its platform.
@TechCrunch last year I didn't even know it existed— Warmachine69 (@dalyncd) January 1, 2015