My brother accused me last night of showing an obvious bias on this forum. So I had a look at what I’ve posted so far and I have to concede that he may have a point – there has been a rather unhealthy focus on Microsoft. I’d like to point out that it wasn’t deliberate but merely a function of stories that caught my eye in the first week or so of doing this blog. Can I help it if a certain monopolist was in the news for all the wrong reasons? 😉

However, since I am now aware of this apparent bias I shall endevour to post stories about other areas of technology that interest me. But before I do that, I HAVE to post another piece that concerns Redmond, albeit tangentially.

Research house Evans Data has just released a new report that indicates a dramatic shift in the priorities of North American software developers. According to the press release there is now a move away from Windows:

“Windows dominance on the client is cracking … Targeting of the Windows OS has declined by 12% from a year ago, continuing a two-year gradual decline. Currently 64.8% of North American developers are targeting some version of Windows, as opposed to 74% last year and this is expected to drop another 2% in the coming year. “

The company also notes that while Windows remains the largest market segment developers are increasing targeting Linux (up 34% from 8.8% a year ago to 11.8% today).

You can read the full press release here and if you want to purchase the survey send an email to Oh yes, you may want to mention the title of the report: The Spring 2007 North American Development survey.