We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Developers snub Windows Vista for XP

Only eight percent writing apps for Vista

Software developers in North America are still not targeting Windows Vista when writing new applications, according to a survey released by Evans Data Corp, with many still focusing their energies on Windows XP.

Only 8 percent of 380 developers surveyed by Evans Data Corp in April were writing applications for Windows Vista, while 49 percent were still writing apps primarily for XP. In addition, 11 percent said they write developing applications mostly for Windows 2003, while 9 percent are focused on Linux-based apps.

Many developers have taken a "wait and see" approach before deciding to write applications that can take advantage of new features in Vista, said John Andrews, president and CEO of Evans Data.

"The general theme has been a slower uptake [of Vista] in the user market so most people at the corporate enterprise and commercial world are staying with XP," Andrews said.

Windows Vista review

Windows Vista SP1 review

"Open source alternatives like Linux continue to take on interest," he added. "As well, Mac OS is also acquiring significant interest among North American developers. Although unlikely to displace Windows volume, MacOS experienced 50 percent growth as a primary development platform and 380 percent growth as a targeted platform during the period."

Microsoft did not reply to a request for comment.
The survey also found that 29 percent of the developers surveyed will primarily target XP next year, with 24 percent targeting Vista. Overall, 67 percent of developers will primarily target a Windows version while 15 percent write applications for Linux.

"[Developers] see a market shift from XP to Vista and that is why they are saying they are going to be moving from XP to Vista (in 2009)," he added.

For more business software news, reviews and tutorials, see Business Advisor


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite