Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 22:52 UTC
Windows Heck, Microsoft really weren't kidding when they said Windows 7 was the fastest-selling operating system in the world. NetApplications released its figures for January 2010, and it seems that after only three months of availability, Microsoft's latest baby has already hit the 10% market share mark.
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Balkanized
by StaubSaugerNZ on Thu 4th Feb 2010 05:31 UTC
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What is interesting looking at the statistics referenced in the page is that the desktop market is becoming balkanized. That means that while it might have made sense to develop for Windows XP when it made the bulk of the market it now no longer makes sense to target a single platform. Designing software to run on more than one platform makes sense.

In fact, this trend is emerging elsewhere. Which version of DirectX should I develop for? Well 9c used to make sense but with 10 and 11 out there it actually makes some sense to use OpenGL instead since you get most of the Direct3D 10 and 11 features on multiple platforms (which Maddox Games reaped the benefit of when they recently released [the mostly Java and OpenGL] IL-2 Shturmovik on PS3 after a long profitable life on the PC).

Once upon a time people developed web-sites only for IE6 (or even before that, Netscape-only) and it was hard to argue with management that in fact W3C standards compliance should be the target. Now those IE6 adherents are eating crow while people who targeted multi-platform standards-compliant sites are able to adapt easily with the times.

Looks like the same thing is happening with application software for operating systems. Targeting a single platform doesn't make sense anymore and multi-platform/multi-windows versions makes the most sense if you want to actually sell to customers. Of course, the best developers have always been doing this. Java may not be making waves for shrink-wrapped software but at least all my own programs (with years of development effort) will run no matter what the marketshare of any major platform (or variant) is.

Edited 2010-02-04 05:36 UTC

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