Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Still developing for XP

According to a recent survey by Evans Data, there is relatively little activity in the development community for Vista, as compared to activity related to XP. The findings were on Information Week, and they indicate that only 8% of developers are building applications for Vista. On the other hand, nearly half of the respondents say that they are developing applications for Windows XP. While the proportions are expected to become somewhat more equal over the next few years, this tells me that very few experts have any confidence in the long-term viability of Vista. I predict that Vista will meet the same fate of Win Me and Win98... as the butt of many jokes.

In my opinion, the only reason that Windows is still commanding any market share at all is because the Office suite won't run on Linux. This is hardly a revelation, but it does strengthen the argument for a legal remedy. I can't believe I just typed that. But the market just doesn't have the strength to make Microsoft split operating system development off from desktop application development.

The link to the InformationWeek article: Windows Vista Lags With Developers

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