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92 percent of developers ignoring Vista?

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Ashari

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I know that I'm not!

    My employer is an ISV and the powers-that-be issued a decree that we would NOT be writing software for Vista for the foreseeable future.

    We aren't even allowed to run it on our desktops!

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And 92 percent of developers jumping on the iPhone bandwagon. :)

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    End users avoiding also

    End users are avoiding Vista too. Fortunately, we are not deploying it this summer on campus....another year of reprieve.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    big deal...

    Nice way to write an article, guys. They aren't ignoring vista, they're just not writing programs specifically for Vista. And why would anyone (unless you're working on internal programs for a particular customer).

    I'd like to know how many Mac developers are specifically developing for Leopard (and throwing all those Tiger users out the window with a big "We don't care about you idiots! Upgrade or die!")

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "They aren't ignoring vista"
    did you read the same article i did?
    they are ignoring vista, they're writing for xp. leopard developers are writing for tiger as well, these people aren't even attempting to write for vista. it's in english, what's the problem.

    old and bitter.

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Leopard vs. Vista

    The only "Vista" app I can think of is (the pretty lackluster) Halo 3; on the Mac side, there are dozens of companies with apps that are either Leopard only (FileMaker's Bento) or have significant new functionality under Leopard while retaining 10.4 support.

    By not writing "for" Vista, the developers are in effect just writing for XP hoping that Vista won't mess things up too badly. That's a big vote of no confidence in the "new" Vista OS.

  1. flur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i refuse... write for vista until they switch to cocoa/obj-c and port Xcode to win32. oh, and i'm gonna need to see some pigs flying, too.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well, no wonder why they are ignoring it. Vista is JUNK. I bought a brand new Dell w/ Vista on it and right out of the box it CRASHED! I ended up wiping the HD and loading Linux on it. Problem solved!


  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not Correct

    Please dont campare Linux with windows

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    love it!

    All that leopard software, and all you get is generalities and "Bento" (which is from an Apple-sponsored company).

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