Microsoft might have taken a friendlier approach to Linux under CEO Satya Nadella, but one thing that hasn't changed since the days of ex-CEO Steve Ballmer is the company's focus on "developers, developers, developers".
This week Microsoft revealed at its Build developer conference a Microsoft-made Linux kernel for Windows 10 for the Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2.0, giving programmers faster boot times for Linux distributions running on Windows 10.
Meanwhile, Visual Studio Code or VS Code, Microsoft's lightweight cross-platform code editor has become a hit with developers at Google and now has 4.5 million users.
Microsoft of course now owns GitHub, the go-to code hosting repository for developers, while the popularity of Microsoft's programming language TypeScript is going off the charts, according to developer analyst firm RedMonk.
RedMonk recently ranked TypeScript as the 12th most popular language based on GitHub projects and conversations on developer knowledge-sharing site, Stack Overflow.
RedMonk co-founder James Governor has now offered his theories as to why TypeScript is "exploding".
Governor entertains the idea that TypeScript's benefits could even attract "the legions of Java developers" out there, pointing to a post by William Saar, a developer who has been writing Java applications since 1996. Saar asked whether TypeScript is the only language a company needs.