Windows 8 has a lot of people excited, and that includes more than half the developers who participated in a recent online survey. VisionMobile collected data from more than 1,500 global mobile developers and found that 57% plan to develop for Windows Phone in the future. Though the platform in attractive, if things don’t get moving soon it all might end up being nothing but talk. From TechCrunch:
Windows phone, say the survey’s authors, “is indeed the new cool,” but “to turn the buzz into developer buy-in at the levels of iOS and Android, actual adoption must follow soon or fall flat.”
One area that’s especially attractive to developers, it seems, is the ease of coding and prototyping apps for Microsoft’s mobile platform, as well as the relatively low cost of development and low learning curve.
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According to the data, Windows Phone stands to gain the most new developers. Only 28% of respondents have plans to develop for iOS and 25% are thinking about Android. To put these numbers in perspective, in 2011 only 32% of developers were planning for Windows Phone. Plans for iOS haven’t changed much, increasing one percent from last year. Android lost developer interest, dropping 10 percentage points from last year’s 35%.
Obviously, the Android and iOS ecosystems are already heavily populated with developers so they has less room for growth, but it may be that Windows 8 will take away some of those devs still on the fence about future work.