Perhaps you’re wondering why Microsoft is spending its time trying to make WordPress successful. I think there are three answers to this question:
- Love of technology
- Love of web developers and designers
- Smart business
We Love Our Technology
I’m a PHP-bred Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, and I love the fact that PHP now runs great on Windows, SQL Server, Windows Azure and SQL Azure. It’s exciting to see how Microsoft technology can light up WordPress, whether it’s through Silverlight image gallery plugins, Bing Maps integration or future opportunities with technologies like our information service, Dallas.
We Love Our Web Developers and Designers
Microsoft’s success is tied to the success of developers targeting our platform. The popularity of WordPress and other open source PHP apps like Drupal means that lots of web developers and designers are building their businesses around these apps. We believe our platform is the best option for these folks.
There are TONS of WordPress sites out there. We’d like as many as possible to run on Windows, Windows Azure, SQL Server and SQL Azure. This will increase license sales and familiarize developers and designers with our technologies.
And there you have it. My perspective on this fairly controversial topic.