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Developers snub Windows Vista

A recent report from Evans Data shows fewer than one in 10 software developers are writing applications for Windows Vista this year.

In a CNET News.com article, Matt Asay writes, "A recent report from Evans Data shows fewer than one in 10 software developers writing applications for Windows Vista this year. Eight percent. This is perhaps made even worse by the corresponding data that shows 49 percent of developers writing applications for Windows XP." For more details, read the entire article: Vista's big problem: 92 percent of developers ignoring it.

Do these stats reflect what's happening in your shop? If you're holding off on writing apps for Vista, what are your primary reasons?

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23 comments
Justin James
Justin James

I still haven't figured out what the original means by "developing for Vista". If they mean, "writing something using Vista-only technologies" then even 8% is a miracle. If they mean, "trying hard to ensure that the code runs under as well Vista as it does under XP", then yes, it *is* a bit low. Also, what's the sample? All developers? Or just Windows desktop app developers? Big difference. All developers, 8% is not too bad, given the number of developers who work on server apps now anyways. Just Windows desktop developers, 8% is sad. J.Ja

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

No commercial advantage in doing so.... Well some of us have made a start , but it's been on minimums, with the odd take advantage of this bit. But we can't afford Vista only code, ROI would be crap.

read
read

Our application is finally becoming Vista friendly. This isn't exactly development I guess, more like maintenance. Windows is our only current platform, so we have to go to Vista -- we just stalled long enough for our clients to tell us they are really moving to it. We'll be supporting XP and 2000 for as long as MS does (our policy).

ted
ted

I would think the vast majority of developers are writing applications for "Windows" - not XP or Vista. The biggest advantage of Windows is an enormous user base. We write apps that are used on XP, Vista, NT (several versions), and even Windows 98. Why would anyone write apps "for Vista" or "for XP"? We do all our development in Vista as regular users - it makes us clean up our act and "eat our own dogfood". Took a bit of work at first, but now it's a non-issue. I really don't understand the debate over Vista. The security stuff is more difficult, but much needed. So get over it and get on with life (and more secure apps).

itpro_z
itpro_z

Assuming that the "developers" listed in this article are following the rules set forth when Win98 came out, any programs they write should work fine with Vista. XP still rules with its large installed base, and will do so for the next few years, but any reasonably well designed programs written for XP should also work on Vista. Is is too much to ask for a tech site to avoid sensationalism and instead concentrate on technical articles?

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