Virtually all of the top 50 apps are on Windows Phone, Myerson said. Microsoft has worked to lower its fees for app development and publishing, and introduced competencies to highlight certain developers. "We really are working all angles on this : globally, locally, how the virtuous cycle works on other platforms, how they should work on our platforms," he said.
Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise business, added that there's no application that gets built today without a cloud element—a key advantage for Microsoft and its Azure technology.
The Nokia benefits
Myerson also pointed out that Microsoft should benefit, engineering-wise, from the Nokia acquisition. "There are times you get to the hardware-software boundary, and sometimes that boundary gets in the way of collaboration," Myerson said.
"Sometimes that seam has slowed progress or hindered what could get done," Myerson added. "Removing that seam will enable new things. Not just first-party devices from Microsoft....I see even more compelling software and services from out platform and more epic hardware from Nokia."
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