One of the great things about today's technology is that it can be tailored to your specific business requirements.
Custom software development is a rapidly growing area of business ownership because it helps small businesses create applications that level the competitive playing field.
Microsoft's development platform is a perfect fit for custom development because it is familiar, stable and powerful. From a business development perspective, Microsoft software for developers can't be beat – you and your developer get a first-rate development platform and an end product that integrates with your existing Microsoft computing environment.
Microsoft development tools are deployable in four separate environments, each of which plays a critical role in business growth and innovation:
Desktop Development Environment
Desktops and operating systems are attractive targets for custom development activities because desktop applications are gateways for access to output devices, user interfaces, network services, multimedia functions and other resources. Microsoft development software supports both native and managed code paths.
Web Development Environment
The Internet has transformed both society and small business. The Microsoft web development environment provides an on-ramp for creating tailored, web-based business applications for single site, remote or even customer/client use. If you haven't dipped your toes into web-based apps yet, Microsoft web development tools can be a great way to get started.
Cloud Development Environment
In many ways, cloud computing represents the best of the Internet, social media and business applications. This technology reduces infrastructure and IT staffing requirements by transferring computing tasks out of the office and into the cloud. Based on Microsoft's Azure platform, the Cloud development environment gives you all the necessary tools to build and extend apps for cloud computing.
Phone Development Environment
It's impossible to talk about custom software development without talking about mobile phone technology. More and more consumers are using mobile technology for tasks that were once confined to desktop computing environments. So progressive-minded developers are now using desktop development strategies to create custom Smartphone apps – and in many cases they're using Microsoft's phone development environment to do it.