June 27, 2012, 10:38 AM —
Antoine Leblond, Microsoft VP, makes bold statements during keynote speech at TechEd Europe.
As the October launch date of Microsoft's Windows 8 nears, the hype will only increase. But Antoine Leblond, Microsoft's VP for Windows Web Services, said touch is an advance as important as the mouse, and that tablets will outsell desktop PCs in 2013 (PC Pro). Business users of Microsoft's Surface tablet are expected to make this happen.
Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore, in cnet, agreed that Windows 8 tablets "have a shot at slowing iPad adoption at large companies," but there are plenty of dominoes that must fall in the right direction. Surface tablet pricing may be several hundred dollars higher than a comparable iPad, and the "Bring Your Own Device" movement is in full swing in most large companies as employees personally buy iPhones and iPads and demand to be supported.
Could be right
I can certainly see how tablets will outsell desktop PC's for the consumer market, but I'm yet to be convinced the same will happen for the business market
skarlock on pcpro.co.uk
its true that they have burnt their partners but i like that they did it. Not only does it show that Microsoft does indeed have balls, they are also pushing technology forward.
babarj on slashgear.com
I am sure that sales of tablets will do better than PCs for a few years, thats because everyone already has a desktop or laptop.
PhilGQ on pcpro.co.uk
I work at a desk all day long. I'm not going to be swapping out my multiple-monitor setup + ergonomic keyboard to spend all day typing page after page of text on a tablet!
big_D on pcpro.co.uk
Too bad for Microsoft that most of those will be iPads or $200 Android tablets.
warcaster on slashgear.com
We replace our PCs (100+) in my office every 2-3 years. Next year we will buy 0 Surfaces.
Benjamin Puna on slashgear.com
Metro might "work" on a desktop, but it is ill-suited to desktop work (multiple windows visible at the same time).
big_D on pcpro.co.uk
If a tablet comes with a keyboard and Windows, is it really any different from a laptop with a touch screen? More important, are you ready to plop down your dollars for a Surface tablet?