A new report expects Microsoft’s share of the tablet market to rise 14 percent by 2014, up from just one percent in 2010.
Even though the company’s Windows 8 tablets won’t launch until mid or late 2012, the devices could help Microsoft maintain leadership in the tabletsphere, according to RBC Capital Markets. The company’s revamped “Metro” user interface leverages both desktop and mobile, making it competitive with iPad and Android tablets, according to analyst Robert Breza.
Microsoft held its BUILD conference earlier this week, where the company showed off multiple tablets running the new operating system to developers working on Windows 8 apps and programs. While most details of the system were kept a secret, Microsoft did reveal the latest OS will run a variety of chips, including ARM-based units from TI, Qualcomm and NVIDIA. During the presentation, Microsoft continually stressed that apps written for Windows 8 will work across all Windows 8 devices.
As for Microsoft’s Windows 7 tablets, the Samsung Series 7 Slate will ship next month with a price tag of $1,099 for the 64GB model. While the device will lack AT&T 3G connectivity and NFC present in the developer unit passed out at BUILD, it will pack a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor. The slate will sport an 11.6-inch capacitive touchscreen (1366 x 768) and will feature a 3MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing shooter, 4GB DDR3 RAM and either a 64GB or 128GB solid state drive. The Series 7 Slate will also support a Wacom stylus and will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatibility.
Source: Financial Post