Infoworld: ''Survey: Windows loses ground with developers''
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Tue Jul 3 21:04:26 UTC 2007
''Survey: Windows loses ground with developers
Linux gaining share as the number of developers targeting Windows falls
12 percent, Evans Data says
By Paul Krill
July 02, 2007
Microsoft's Windows platform is losing traction as a target for
application developers in North America but still is the dominant
platform, according to Evans Data survey results being released on Tuesday.
A survey this spring of more than 400 developers and IT managers in
North America found that the number of developers targeting Windows for
their applications declined 12 percent from a year ago. Just 64.8
percent targeted the platform as opposed to 74 percent in 2006.
"We attribute [the decline] largely to the increase in developers
beginning to target Linux and different Linux [distributions]. Both
Novell and Red Hat are the two dominant ones right now," said John
Andrews, the CEO of Evans Data.
Linux targeting is expected to reach 16 percent over the next year.
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