Microsoft can't tap into the fast-growing tablet market - Disappointing Windows 8 sales
Microsoft can't tap into the fast-growing tablet market, according to new figures that reveal lacklustre sales of Surface RT and other Windows 8 slabs.
Canalys figures for Q4 show a 12 per cent growth in the worldwide PC market, fuelled by a 75 per cent rise in tab shipments to 46.2 million units. Notebooks sales were flat (58 million), desktops declined 5 per cent (28 million) and netbooks took their last gasps of breath.
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Yet Microsoft wasn't able to seize a big slice of the action - only 1.6 million Windows-based tabs were bought by customers - including 722,000 Surface RT devices. This represents a tab market share of 3.4 per cent.
"Windows 8 launched late in the year and was a massive departure from the existing operating systems, so consumers played a wait-and-see game," said Tim Coulling, senior analyst at Canalys.