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Diane HagglundDimensional Research principal researcher
Looking to the future
So the verdict is in: Native applications are essential for quality user experience. An overwhelming 85% of survey respondents agreed on this point. But a problem remains. Only 17% of these same respondents believe they can deliver native mobile applications for two or more platforms -- at least not with today's technology, Weir specified. "[The native app] creates challenges, because each framework, like the iOS framework, has to be different." Not only that, but native development requires a skill set of enormous diversity and scope as well as tools and services that still aren't advanced enough to develop across platforms. Hagglund spoke to this issue: "The tools aren't there yet. When you combine the number of platforms for mobile applications with significant device limitations, form factor, user expectation -- it's a different world for Windows developers."