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Desktop developers are the engine of a plethora of software activity. They are the subject of this report. We estimate their numbers, their distribution across geographies and platforms, as well as the goals of desktop developers and their means to make money. We also derive estimates of the addressable market for technologies that are used by desktop developers. Our estimate draws on data from over 40,000 desktop developers in 140+ countries surveyed in 2015 and 2016.
Developers are the engine of the app economy. In this report, we focus on that engine: we estimate its size, its distribution across geographies and platforms, as well as the goals of mobile app developers and their means to money. We derive estimates of the addressable market for technologies that are used by developers. We also use our extensive set of historical data on mobile developers to forecast the evolution of these variables into the future.
Messaging bots or ‘chatbots’ emerged as one of the most hyped technologies of 2016. Chatbots are computer programs that can maintain automated text conversations with users. Popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, LINE, and Telegram have amassed hundreds of millions of active users each. Facebook Messenger, and Facebook-owned WhatsApp, even crossed the 1 billion active users mark
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