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Will Microsoft build native Mac and Linux tools?   
Wednesday, November 19 2008 @ 01:36 PM EST
Contributed by: sde

If the future is in Microsoft's online services why isn't the company building native tools for Mac and Linux developers?

When Steve Ballmer recently visited Sydney and lead off with his "developers, developers, developers" cry, the crowd chuckled. Love or hate the guy, you can't deny his passion to woo developers and get them to develop with Microsoft tools and platforms. It's been the foundation of Microsoft's success thus far.

During the speech aimed at Australian developers he was keen to tout Microsoft's new Azure platform for buidling hosted applications. The speech reiterated what was covered at the PDC conference in Los Angeles a few weeks before and shapes a clearer future of what Microsoft's online services strategy will be.

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