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Feb 15, 2011
The Windows third-party developer ecosystem, carefully cultivated by Microsoft, has long been one of the most vibrant communities of its kind, adding value and innovation to the core Windows platform. Trusted third-party components can speed the development process, cut costs and ultimately make the difference between project success and failure.
Windows is so pervasive in the technology industry that it's likely that almost every commercial developer has done some sort of Windows development at one point in time. Through the years, third-party tools, frameworks and libraries have blossomed around the popular Windows-based technologies of the day.
Today, it's blossoming again around Silverlight and the cloud.