If you're like me, you've been watching the sluggish rollout of Windows Vista
and wondering about when it might be time to start targeting app development
toward the flagship client OS. By all accounts, Vista sales have lagged behind
expectations. As Redmond Media Group Online News Editor Keith Ward reported
in an article
magazine, research firm Gartner Inc. has
found that "Vista has had very limited impact on PC demand or replacement
And Microsoft itself in July revised sales figures for Vista's share of Microsoft
desktop OS revenues, down from 85 percent to 78 percent. Windows XP picked up
the difference, up from 15 percent to 22 percent. People, it seems, are staying
with XP in droves.
Of course, development shops must take the forward view. Despite the slow sales,
do you see Vista becoming a viable target for the desktop applications your
shops develop? Or could it be 2009 or later before corporate developers really
commit to Vista? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Michael Desmond on 11/14/2007 at 1:15 PM