Thursday, June 19, 2014

What's Next - Desktop, Laptop,
Tablet, or Smartphone Development?

The debate continues. Since desktop/laptop hardware sales are waning and smartphone/tablet device sales are on the rise, is it time for software developers to abandon desktop/laptop development and jump on the mobile bandwagon?

The answer, of course, is that it's a complicated marketplace. The decision is a difficult one.

A recent study by comScore, as reported earlier this year in Processor magazine, gives us a few valuable data points.

comScore sampled the 172 billion users who looked up business- or finance-related content on the Internet between September 2012 and September 2013. Most of them - 61 percent - used a desktop device and not a mobile device to access this content.

What does this mean for software developers who are trying to decide which platforms to support? If you offer business or financial applications, perhaps you don't need to rush into the iOS and Android markets. But you need to make the plunge soon.

Or perhaps developers need to move to the cloud and provide content that can be delivered on computers, tablets, and smartphones.

There are no simple answers. The comScore study, however, suggests that each microISV must decide when to move from computers to mobile devices.

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