When developers decide on which platform to develop for, they think about potential and they think about revenue. And the surest indication that money can be made from a given platform is when you see the user numbers growing.
So it surprises me that various bloggers continue to predict a bleak 2013 for Windows 8, when ANW has just released the most conclusive statistics I have seen that prove why developers should be getting onto the Windows 8 platform. Here are the latest market share figures, showing which OS is installed on the most machines across the world.
The key findings are:
- The Windows family has grown its market share to 91.74%
- Windows Vista and XP have slipped, while Windows 7 continues to grow.
- Windows 8 has gone from 1.1% to 1.8%.
What does this mean? It means that developers have a clear picture of the overall potential of the Windows 8 platform. It is growing nicely, while the base of Microsoft users that are steadily upgrading from older MS products to newer ones is also on the increase. There is money to be made from Windows 8 because an installed base of millions is moving in your direction. Develop now and reap the rewards in the future.
The anti-Win8 gang might still be bleating on about the new interface and lack of start menu, but I think developers are smart enough to look at the facts that really count.