Next Generation of Windows “Vista” to Bring Further Growth to the Tablet PC
Developers and beta testers are now downloading the first full beta version of Windows Vista (formerly codenamed Longhorn). The Beta 1 is posted on the Microsoft website for MSDN subscribers. According to a recent story in The Register, the arrival of the Windows Vista retail version set for 2006, will increase the demand for Tablet PC’s.
Tablet PC biz to see Vista-driven boom
“Tablet PC fans should look forward to Vista – or whatever Microsoft’s next-generation Windows operating system is called, other trademark holders permitting.
According to market watcher In-Stat, Vista, as we should now be calling ‘Longhorn’, will have a “significant impact” on Tablet PC sales.
Tablet PCs have been around for almost three years now, albeit with “mixed success”, as In-Stat puts it. Some $1.19bn worth of Tablet PCs were shipped in 2004, and In-Stat reckons that will rise to $5.36bn in 2009.
This year, the researcher estimates, shipments will be worth $1.51bn, as some 825m units ship, a 38.7 per cent increase over the 595m units that shipped last year. This will be despite an 8.8 per cent dip in the average selling price.
From 2006 onwards, the ASP will fall further from around $1,825 now to $1,275 in 2009, In-Stat reckons. That, plus the availability of more Tablet-centric software, along with Windows Vista and…”