21% of developers are already on Windows 10

Windows 10 is booming among devs.

Stack Overflow recently publised their (annual?) developer survey, in which 56,033 coders in 173 countries participated.

When asked about their desktop OS, the participants responded as below in 2015 and 2016:

Windows1
No Windows 10 in 2015
Windows2
Windows 10 at 21% in 2016

Stack Overflow’s conclusion was, predictably as always for the blogosphere, negative for Windows:

If OS adoption rates hold steady, by next year’s survey fewer than 50% of developers may be using Windows.

Ummm yeah. Let’s just ignore Windows 10 – a single version of Windows – going from nothing to 1 in 5 developers in about half a year.

Let’s just ignore Windows 10 – a single version of Windows – going from nothing to 1 in 5 developers in about half a year.

Developer buy-in is crucial for any OS, as without developers there are no apps. The fact that devs are familiarizing themselves with the OS and using it for mission critical applications is extremely encouraging.

Windows 10’s growth among developers is nothing short of impressive. “If OS adoption rates hold steady,” it should be the #1 OS among developers in 2017.

Other Microsoft technologies made excellent showings in their respective categories; most notably Visual Studio and F#.

Mozilla: implementing H.264 support on Android took 6 times as long as it did on Windows

We have spent around 3 man years and counting getting H.264 playback working on all of the different Android variants. Contrast that with Windows Vista and above which took around 6 months

via H.264 in Firefox Android | Technical Debt Collector.

*Drops mic.*