A report released entitled “Entering the Brave New World of Mobile Apps” emphasizes both the demand Windows developers are facing for mobile software as well as the reality that the two platforms most in demand by their users are Google Android and Apple iOS, not Windows platforms, which rank third and fourth in the survey. The report was authored by Dimensional Research and sponsored by software development tools vendor Embarcadero Technologies. Participants included 1,337 persons involved in Windows desktop application development, either as developers, engineers, or development managers.
The survey found that 85 percent of respondents had requests for mobile applications, which involve mobile capabilities for existing applications, new applications altogether, or replacing existing mobile systems. Android was the most requested platform, with 83 percent getting requests for it, followed by iOS (67 percent); Windows Phone (33 percent), Windows RT (13 percent), and RIM BlackBerry (14 percent).
Windows developers having to build for iOS and Android face challenges, said researcher Diane Hagglund, a principal with Dimensional Research: “They have to do it. They’re figuring it out. These are really smart guys, but it’s making challenges for them.” Developers must build new skills, she said.