Tom Verhoeff, app developer and partner at Holland-based Methylium, which created the Windows 8 app for Booking.com, a popular online hotel reservation site
“What I always recommend is to focus on one platform because every platform has its own tricks and quirks. I don’t think it’s a good idea to build an iOS app on Monday, an Android app on Tuesday and a Windows 8 app on Wednesday because each one is a totally different experience.
“You really have to use the platform in your daily life to develop well on it. I develop for Windows 8 and I’ve been carrying a Windows Phone around for three years now. I don’t use an iPhone on a regular basis and you really need to have the OS with you day-in and day-out.
“You see some companies that are just taking developers who are working on Android full-time and moving them to Windows 8 or Windows Phone or vice versa because a customer is asking for it. That app might end up looking OK but you can immediately notice that the developer did not know the platform as well as he should.”
Steve Isabelle, independent developer and creator of the Jack of Tools app for Windows 8 (and Windows Phone)
“I would follow your skillset rather than follow the demand. If you’ve already worked day-to-day with iOS and the iPhone and iPad or with Android devices you might want to target that platform. You just don’t have time as an independent developer to live with every platform.
“The ease of use of the ‘Metro’ style of Windows 8 does create an opportunity. It is clean and simple and easier for developers to work with. There’s a lot of skeoumorphic stuff on iOS that requires a lot of art assets and skills involved in making apps work with the iPhone and iPad.”
“The cost is another thing. Microsoft Visual Studio Express is free. Microsoft is doing a lot to encourage app development and they are making it inexpensive.
“But people don’t like change and can be finicky, so it’s really hard to say how long it will take for Windows 8 to break through. I think the Windows 8 platform can do well, but I wonder how long it will take for Windows Phone 8 to dig in. They really have to make them seamless companions.”