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Poll Results: Which embedded operating system will ultimately prevail as the clear market leader?

How did your peers answer this question: Which embedded operating system will ultimately prevail as the clear market leader?

On May 7, 2010, I polled the TechRepublic membership on this question:

Which embedded operating system will ultimately prevail as the clear market leader?

The question was inspired by Microsoft's announcement that it has delivered Windows 7 technologies to device manufacturers with the release of Windows Embedded Standard 7. Embedded operating systems are going to be ever more important for information technology professionals, users, and the business that employ them. But does the embedded operating system really matter (the follow-up poll question by the way)?

The results of the poll surprised me: apparently the Apple iPhone OS has some issues despite passionate chatter and discussion postings to the contrary. It may be that Apple has lost its way and the Android OS is poised to be the dominant platform. Even embedded Windows 7 polled better than the iPhone OS. Here is how you polled.

Editor's note: Jason Hiner is reporting in his Tech Sanity Check blog that a study by Quantcast shows significantly more interest in Android than in iPhone OS. Seems like TechRepublic members are not alone in their thinking on this topic.

Poll results

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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