Developers think iOS apps will win in the enterprise; Windows 8 a dark horse

by Doug Drinkwater

July 24 2012

A majority of developers surveyed gave iOS the nod for enterprise apps.
A majority of developers surveyed gave iOS the nod for enterprise apps.

A report from mobile analytics firm Appcelerator finds that mobile developers think iOS apps will win in the enterprise, but also reckons that interest is picking up for developing Windows 8 apps.

When asked to choose one mobile OS as the best for the enterprise as part the 2Q 2012 Mobile Developer Report, 53% of developers picked iOS, with 38% opting for Android. To put these figures in context, both platforms were tied at 44% in Q3 of last year.

These results would suggest that developers continue to be put off of Android by the increasing number of different flavors and screen sizes, although the report did indicate that interest in developing apps for Android tablets has risen by 2.9% in the last quarter.

The study might also indicate that Apple's iPhone and iPad are benefitting from the growing the bring-your-own device (BYOD) trend, which is seeing both devices continue their consumer dominance in the enterprise space.

Appcelerator's study also found that 33.3% of  developers are ‘very interested’ in developing for Windows 8 tablets, and revealed that 83% of all developers plan to use cloud services going forward. Developers are also increasingly looking to tie-in their apps with integration for Apple’s iCloud (50.4%) and Amazon’s cloud platform (49.1%).

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