One of the areas of interest to suppliers of embedded software development tools is to make sure that they target their investments to the type of platforms engineers prefer to use for their software development. Based on VDC’s 2012 survey, a majority of embedded engineers cite the use of Windows-based systems as their preferred development environment.
The use of Windows 7 as a host development platform has increased year-over-year and according to survey respondents could reach almost 50% within the next two years as engineering organizations migrate from Windows XP. Windows 8 as a selection, while not included in this year’s survey, will be in our 2013 survey. It will be interesting to receive engineers feedback on the use of Windows 8 in 2013 and what the expected use of Windows 8 as a host development platform could be going forward.