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Windows 8 Tablet Shipments to Exceed 75M Units by 2015

By - Source: DigiTimes | B 25 comments

Microsoft's own Surface tablet looks set to spearhead Windows 8-powered tablets this month.

Windows 8 and Windows RT tablet shipment figures will exceed 75 million units by 2015, according to a research paper published by DigiTimes.

As opposed to a reaction to Android and iOS' growth, Digitimes’ James Wang and Eric Lin suggests the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 “marks the opening salvo in the battle for users between PCs and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets”.

They also expect the market share of Windows-based tablets to grow from nothing in 2012 to around eight per cent by 2015 with shipments expected to hit the 75 million mark.

Also suggested by the report is that Microsoft is apparently planning a simplified version of Windows Phone 7 that will be priced at around $100.

Windows 8, which has already had some of its apps updated, will be launching on October 26, while Microsoft-developed tablet Surface is due for a simultaneous launch.


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    Anonymous , October 21, 2012 10:24 PM
    I wonder how much M$ payed to have that Cr$p put on Digitimes.
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    joytech22 , October 21, 2012 10:35 PM
    Our company would actually benefit a lot from Windows 8 tablets.
    We run two-monitor setups in our office (Using the tablets would make 3!) and run VM's but sometimes we have to go on-site and take our laptops with us which is inconvenient (Having to try and find a stable platform to put the thing on to type etc..)

    With a tablet you can just cradle it in one arm and type on-screen.
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    nokuchikushi , October 21, 2012 10:45 PM
    @jumping: they had to buy the author an iPad.
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    mrg2222 , October 21, 2012 10:53 PM
    Our company wouldn't, because it's unclear at this point why it will help us do things better or cheaper. Until I can see a clear advantage, I will not recommend rolling it out.
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    ipwn3r456 , October 21, 2012 11:01 PM
    2015... probably another windows operating system is made by that time...
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    jhansonxi , October 21, 2012 11:10 PM
    IOW, 2-3 years before Win 9.
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    sixdegree , October 21, 2012 11:52 PM
    In other news, Apple's iPad shipment to exceed 75 million units by the end of this month.
    Jokes aside, If MS really wants that figures to be realized, they really have to get aggressive with the pricing. And $499 for the entry model is not what most people called "aggressive pricing".
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    implosionone , October 22, 2012 12:03 AM
    jumpingI wonder how much M$ payed to have that Cr$p put on Digitimes.

    I'm not sure which part is the Cr$p.

    That the sales for Windows 8 is projected to be only 75 Million over a three year period. Consider that Windows 7 sells about 20 Million every month. It's going to take them 3 years to to do what Win 7 does every 3-4 months. Or that they will only have about 8% market share with Win 8.

    Consumer confidence looks to be very low for Windows 8. There's no way Windows 7 is going away any time soon. If it does MS may as well close the doors to the OS market.
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    Anonymous , October 22, 2012 12:36 AM
    Wow, I actually expect them to have more than 8% in two years. If I had to guess, I'd think it would be closer to 20-30%... I think the first year will be slow, but by the time the Silvermont chips launch next year and the app library is more robust, I feel like Microsoft will have the most compelling tablet.

    Who knows what the competition will do in that time though... I think it will be interesting to see how it plays out though. I do think that both Android and iOS have better app designs so far. But the ability to use a wacom pen and traditional windows software make that pretty easy to overlook for me.
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    womble , October 22, 2012 12:36 AM
    Impressive forecast, would mean that every Zune owner will buy one!
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    n1tr0 , October 22, 2012 1:21 AM
    Is this prediction from the same geniuses who have predicted Windows Phone to overtake IOS by 2015 back in January ?
    "The Lumia 900 will change the smartphone world"...
    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Windows-Phone-iOS-Lumia-900-Android-IHS,news-13958.html

    Maybe the Digitimes report was written before the RT pricing announcement ?
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    bllue , October 22, 2012 1:53 AM
    At least we finally got some quality tablets coming in. All we've had are iCraps and shitty android tablets
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    thecolorblue , October 22, 2012 2:43 AM
    am I the only one who chuckles every time I see the "can it play crysis" comment?

    :) 
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    tuffjuff , October 22, 2012 3:12 AM
    n1tr0Is this prediction from the same geniuses who have predicted Windows Phone to overtake IOS by 2015 back in January ? "The Lumia 900 will change the smartphone world"...http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Window [...] 13958.htmlMaybe the Digitimes report was written before the RT pricing announcement ?


    RT just sounds like a bad joke. Actual, full Windows 8 tablets are where it's at. I'm hoping to replace my iPad 2 with one early next year. But at the $500 price point, if you aren't getting a REAL operating system, and it's between Windows RT and iOS, I can't see why you'd go with RT.
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    alextheblue , October 22, 2012 4:24 AM
    implosiononeI'm not sure which part is the Cr$p.That the sales for Windows 8 is projected to be only 75 Million over a three year period. Consider that Windows 7 sells about 20 Million every month. It's going to take them 3 years to to do what Win 7 does every 3-4 months. Or that they will only have about 8% market share with Win 8. Consumer confidence looks to be very low for Windows 8. There's no way Windows 7 is going away any time soon. If it does MS may as well close the doors to the OS market.
    Windows 8 and Windows RT TABLET sales of 75 million. Not Windows 8 total sales. Not even close. Your entire post is invalid, and just plain silly.
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    alextheblue , October 22, 2012 4:34 AM
    tuffjuffRT just sounds like a bad joke. Actual, full Windows 8 tablets are where it's at. I'm hoping to replace my iPad 2 with one early next year. But at the $500 price point, if you aren't getting a REAL operating system, and it's between Windows RT and iOS, I can't see why you'd go with RT.
    Office, IE10 w/ Flash, Xbox Live, Skydrive integration. More storage, better radio, MicroSDXC expansion. Soon Xbox Music, if you're into that sort of thing, and it won't be locked exclusively to a single company's devices unlike iTunes - Xbox Music will be spreading even to non-MS operating systems. Then there's hardware choices, and competition among vendors selling RT systems. Hopefully we'll soon see a $400 or less WinRT model built out of more traditional materials.
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    deftonian , October 22, 2012 4:36 AM
    thecolorblueam I the only one who chuckles every time I see the "can it play crysis" comment?


    These days, I think so. Maybe 2 years ago it was still a chuckling statement.. but now it's buried and worn out. Just like the "No HDMI, no deal" or "Does it have HDMI?".
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    Anonymous , October 22, 2012 5:15 AM
    But the world ends in 2 months.

    so who gives a damn right? /sarcasm. or is it?
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    soundping , October 22, 2012 6:03 AM
    I'm just not seeing any good reason to buy one.
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    Gundam288 , October 22, 2012 6:39 AM
    implosiononethe sales for Windows 8 is projected to be only 75 Million over a three year period. Consider that Windows 7 sells about 20 Million every month. It's going to take them 3 years to to do what Win 7 does every 3-4 months. Or that they will only have about 8% market share with Win 8. Consumer confidence looks to be very low for Windows 8. There's no way Windows 7 is going away any time soon. If it does MS may as well close the doors to the OS market.


    I would say MS may have to close it's doors to the Desktop OS market if Windows 8 on desktops isn't changed and Windows 9 flops even harder.

    But, you have to keep in mind that this is just tablets, this isn't including Desktops and the OS by it's self. So the total number of "Windows 8" sales will be higher than just Windows 8 on tablets. Some people will still buy the OS on the desktop.

    Expecting to jump from 0% to 8% market share in just tablets in 2-3 years is a big mistake in my book if they are counting on it happening. Given the pricing, the current global markets, and that some people already have tablets. It really doesn't seem likely to happen, unless I'm overestimating the number of tablets already out there.
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