updated 01:35 pm EDT, Mon June 16, 2008
92 pc Devs Ignoring Vista
Despite Microsoft's efforts, the majority of developers still aren't writing with Windows Vista in mind, a new study by Evans Data says. Only eight percent of software firms surveyed were specifically coding with Vista in mind, while additional data brought together by CNET indicates that 49 percent are still writing for Windows XP; 13 percent are programming for Linux, according to reports.
Vista development is predicted to improve for 2009 in the report but will still include just 24 percent of all developers despite the absence of XP from the market; the software is officially phased out from all but budget nettop PCs and similar netbooks, such as the ASUS Eee PC.
Statistics for the improvement of other operating systems, including Linux and Mac OS X, is unavailable but believed to show improvement. About 380 percent more developers than in the past are said to be writing for Macs either exclusively or as part of a wider release.
The hesitation isn't explained by Evans but is believed to stem both from technical hurdles with Vista as well as satisfaction with XP. Microsoft's decisions to remove direct access to the operating system, as well as to require permissions requests, have left developers preferring the earlier platform. Microsoft's efforts to shore up Windows XP security have also eliminated many of the reasons to transition to Vista.
These and public perception issues are believed to be particularly damaging for Microsoft's sales to corporate users, who may cost the company nearly $400 million in sales for 2009 as they avoid moving to Vista over back compatibility and system performance issues.