Platform Choice - Why Windows and MacOS?
Much consideration was put into deciding the platform and components which would comprise KoalaBrain. The most important factors were deemed to be flexibility, compatibility and longevity. KoalaBrain is available for Windows 10 and MacOS rather than iOS and Android to prioritise these factors.
Being able to use your EPOS system how you want is vital. Some businesses will also want to use the system for emailing and office work as opposed to having a secondary computer in their business. It is thus important that vital business, tax, and other software be compatible with the device KoalaBrain runs on. For this reason, Windows and Mac were decided as the target platforms for their large business software libraries and variety of hardware form factors.
Software should be compatible with existing devices already deployed at a business, as well as be compatible with the most easily repaired and easily replaced systems. Portability is also important, you should be able to easily back up, verify and move your data. This is why we focus on Windows and Mac as our primary platform. iOS/Android are not supported due to their cost, their devices low repairability and lower install bases compared to Windows.
When you purchase and use software, you want it to work for as long as possible. If your data is stored in the cloud/online, it goes away when the internet does. If your EPOS software is tied to a specific version of your devices Operating System (as often happens with tablet/mobile Operating Systems), it may become unusable down the track, be that in years or decades. Windows has a long history of "just working" with older versions of software written for previous versions (Just think, a large percentage of software written for Windows 98 still works on Windows 10 over 20 years later). KoalaBrain is actively developed, but we wanted to be sure that if for some reason we went away, your software would remain functional for as long as possible.
None of this is to say that we won't support other platforms in the future, but we thought it worthwhile to provide the rationale for our current platform focus, as we do get asked "Why isn't it on iPad?"