Windows 8 dev interest grows, iOS still king

As we have been reporting over the last few weeks, more and more Windows 8-based apps are being added to the Windows Store section of the operating system, ahead of the OS launch in just over a month. But just how many mobile app developers are really planning to create apps for Windows 8?

The Seattle Times reports that, according to a new survey of app creators by Appcelerator and IDC, 33 percent of them say they are "very interested" in making apps for Windows 8-based tablets. The survey also said that the developers were "cautiously optimistic" that Microsoft will be able to give them "the shared development capabilities between desktop and tablet promised by Microsoft with the launch of Windows 8."

While 33 percent is a solid number for an OS that hasn't been released yet, the survey also shows that 85 percent are "very interested" to make apps for the iPhone; 83 percent of the devs are interested in making apps for the iPad, along with 76 percent for Android phones and 66 percent for Android tablets and the HTML5 platform.

The survey also showed that just 21 percent of developers are interested in creating Windows Phone 7 apps. That operating system will be refreshed with Windows Phone 8, based on the Windows 8 kernel, later this fall.

Source: Seattle Times | Image via IDG

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drazgoosh said,
Soon Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will have a healthy chunk of the developers each.

I second that - given how much code can be shared between the two platforms when writing software it should mean a big uptick but with that being said how the heck do you 'register interest' and am I the only one who doesn't think it is worth a hill of beans given the interest does not necessarily flow through to real products on the ground?

Considering that Win8 will be shipping with all new PCs in about a month, that interest will increase and quite rapidly. WP8 should benefit nicely from it as well.

laserfloyd said,
Considering that Win8 will be shipping with all new PCs in about a month, that interest will increase and quite rapidly. WP8 should benefit nicely from it as well.

Considering Windows 8 will be shipping with all new PCs in about a month, it's very surprising that interest isn't higher. It will definitely increase rapidly very soon.

wow,windows 8 isn't yet released and so many developers allready,should be interesting to see the statistics in a few moths

Windows 8 tablets ??? bahahahahahaha
Nice segmentation of an OS that will be available for many form factors available today and in the future.
bahahahahaha!!!

in short: horrible poll

Ricardo Dawkins said,
Windows 8 tablets ??? bahahahahahaha
Nice segmentation of an OS that will be available for many form factors available today and in the future.
bahahahahaha!!!

in short: horrible poll


Fragmentation? Whats designed for tablets (WinRT) Will also work on Win8 Desktops and laptops without doing anything.
What works for WinRT, is just a few clicks away from working on WP8. What works on WP8 is just a few clicks away from working on WinRT.

This is no fragmentation.

This is just dumb. Why would you ask a mobile app developer if they are interested in making a full blown Windows application. Why not just ask the head of Rovio if they are going to make a Photoshop competitor.

This just goes to show the tech press has their butts somewhere dark, and that they don't really understand what Windows 8 is.

CJEric said,

Blame Microsoft for that.

Why? Microsoft has been very clear about what Windows 8 is. They've even simplified its functionality by making icons of tablets, laptops and PCs running Windows 8. Windows 8's modern UI is build with various formfactors in mind, and the desktop is an app that can run old applications (like the DOS prompt in Windows XP).

But I don't agree with grking, like every Windows before it, Windows 8 is designed for both big and small tasks. It has photoshop but it can also supports apps like solitaire and notepad. WIth the added store to make distribution for apps easier, it makes sense that developers (of any size) are interested in Windows 8. Due to the resistance against the new UI it also makes sense that 'only' 33% of the developers are interested. People will slowly come around, but it will take time as most people are like Stewie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgIrXKpv2gw

grking said,
This is just dumb. Why would you ask a mobile app developer if they are interested in making a full blown Windows application. Why not just ask the head of Rovio if they are going to make a Photoshop competitor..

You've not even used Win 8 have you. The Metro apps are nothing like the desktop apps, they're very similar to Android and iOS apps. Sure you can make way more complex stuff on Win 8's Metro if you want, but most people don't. Most of the apps in the Store are very simple.

Metro has it's own developer API's and it's own development software. It's as easy to make a Metro app as it is to make one for Android/iOS. And Win 8 is clearly intended with mobility in mind so why not make an app for it if you're a mobile developer. I've made apps for Android before and now i'm moving to Win 8.

how are we even going to segment windows 8 tablets from desktops? We can't jus say Windows RT tablets, because that would let out a big chunk of enterprise tablets... can't just say windows 8 because that includes desktops.... or was this done on purpous by MS?

neufuse said,
how are we even going to segment windows 8 tablets from desktops? We can't jus say Windows RT tablets, because that would let out a big chunk of enterprise tablets... can't just say windows 8 because that includes desktops.... or was this done on purpous by MS?

You're not supposed to segment Win8 tablets from desktops... that's really the point. You can put yourself into a tablet or desktop box if you want... only use WinRT on tablet and Win32 on desktop, but it's more powerful than that. Windows 8 gives you that choice.

rfirth said,

You're not supposed to segment Win8 tablets from desktops... that's really the point. You can put yourself into a tablet or desktop box if you want... only use WinRT on tablet and Win32 on desktop, but it's more powerful than that. Windows 8 gives you that choice.

The tech press (especially the mobile press) are used to discounting the presence of ANY sort of Windows in the mobile/portable space since the death of the hyperniche Windows Mobile - and they certainly didn't expect the heretofore desktop-centered Windows 8 to make ANY play for that space.

That is precisely the point OF Windows 8 (as opposed to WindowsRT); it brings the entirety of Windows (not a mere subset) to that space. (Needless to say, it works the other way as well.)

I'm glad the Open Web Platform was considered in this survey. Sometimes, people just don't seem to care about it.

i am a developer and i am never was surveyed.

As for windows 8, i already get my copy of visual studio 2012. However, right now, i am not interesting in windows 8.

HTML5 App development is also being fueled by Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Even with WP7, a rich HTML5 App behaves much like a native App developed for the platform. (Again reference the Pandora site that IE integrates the audio with the system media player and keeps the App active in the background.)

Microsoft is pushing HTML5 Web Site Apps as much as they are pushing Windows 8 Apps. Also with the embedded IE engine in the Modern framework, HTML5 sites can be easily migrated to a native Windows 8 App if the developer has need to provide a premium version of the Web Site running locally.

'Cut the Rope' was and is an HTML5 web site, that runs in the IE10 browser like an App, and there is also a native Windows 8 App that is just the web site running locally.

When Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are actually shipping and hitting some good sales numbers for devices, you will see a big developer moment of realization that will shift more focus on Windows.

In the phone/tablet market, developers are using iOS as the common development platform and porting to Android. As they find that Windows 8 is far more powerful than iOS, they will be limiting themselves if they adhere to the limited features that iOS offers.

Outside of the 'mobile' developers, you already have a rather large ecosystem that is targeting Windows 8, and will have the opportunity for the first time to bring their content to a mobile device.

This is where this data is a bit messed up, because if you would ask desktop developers, the chart would have iOS and Android far below Windows 8. With an additional new flow of applications to the mobile market because of Windows 8.

For example virtually every PC game made from Crysis to WoW already runs on Windows 8 Tablets. When you consider that many of these developer will want to tweak their UI to be more 'touch' friendly, this is a large amount of software that will shift to mobile Windows devices.

This also includes new ports to ARM and Windows RT devices, since it can run their full engines because the entire Win32/DirectX/etc frameworks are there, making it just a target and recompile for ARM type of release.

So while this may be the development focus of 'mobile' developers, desktop developers are salivating at opportunity to be in the Mobile Market without having to compromise on the quality or features of their software. Like I mentioned before, Unreal Engine 3 on Windows and Windows RT tablets is the full engine, not the reduce feature mobile version that Android and iOS are using because of their limitations.

This is what I've been telling other people all along but some people just don't get it. Microsoft has nowhere to go but up in their current position due to their development platform.

I'm working on porting my iOS game to other platforms. My main focus right now is Android but a Win8 version is in the plans and hopefully Steam too. No plans for WP8 though

What a joke this article is. Instead of downloading or buying apps, I can play guild wars 2 on a tablet Window 8, try that with an iPhone or iPad. I heard GW2 will be ported to Mac, not iPad. LOL

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