Windows 8 tablets not expected to be major player until 2016

Most of the tablet activity over the next three years will involve the ongoing struggle between Apple and manufacturers of Android devices

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Mobile & Wireless, tablets, windows 8

Windows tablets, meanwhile, will explode in popularity, relatively speaking, growing by an average of more than 69% per year between now and 2016. That fast growth will allow Windows to climb from 2.9% in 2012 (including Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows 7 tablets) to the lofty heights of 10.3% by 2016. By that time most Windows tablets should be running Windows 8 or its ARM-based variant, Windows RT. Windows 7 tablets, meanwhile, which account for a slim niche among enterprises, should be rendered more irrelevant than they already are.

But what will happen to Windows tablets beyond its predicted gains up until 2016? Will Windows 8 and succeeding Microsoft OS tablets continue to grow at a relatively fast rate? Or will the pace slacken, rendering Windows a distant third in the tablet race behind iOS and Android? The prospect of being an also-ran in the battle for the next generation of personal computing deviceshas to be keeping Microsoft executives up at night.

It's too early to say that Windows won't be a dominant software platform for the next generation of computer users who are expected to grow up using tablets. But with Android and iOS having a head start on their software platforms and the chance to build up some impressive app catalogs, it's tough to see how Microsoft will ever become a significant force in the tablet market, at least in the near future.


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