Is Windows 8 for tablets dead on arrival in 2012?

So in light of the fact that Apple has just released the Ipad 2 and that been a great success, it makes you wonder what chances a Windows 8 tablet will have against Ipad 3 in 2012.

The following article slams home the point even more..

Enterprises will buy 50 times as many tablets in 2011 as they did in 2010, making them almost as common as netbooks.

That’s great news for Apple — and perhaps some of its tablet competitors like Research In Motion, which is targeting IT departments with features like security. But it’s not great for Microsoft, which won’t have a tablet competitor out until Windows 8 in late 2012.

The prediction comes from U.K. market researcher Canalys, which says that enterprises bought about 20,000 tablets (or “pads”) in 2010, but will buy more than 1.1 million this year — a growth rate of more than 5,000%. Canalys also says that netbook sales will increase slightly, from 1.5 million to 1.8 million.

Both numbers pale against sales of traditional notebooks to enterprises, which will increase 11% to 96 million this year, Canalys predicts. Most of those notebooks will run Windows, so Microsoft’s hold on the enterprise will remain relatively safe for now.

But consumerization is a big trend in IT. That means where consumers go, enterprises eventually follow.

And the consumer market contains much worse news for Microsoft. Canalys predicts that Apple and its competitors will sell 50 million tablets (up 200%) to consumers this year, versus 32 million netbooks (down 14%) and 113 million notebooks (up only 5%).


Seems to me that Netbooks are a solution without a problem at this point.

Why buy a smaller laptop when you can buy a tablet? – But I digress.

If this article is accurate, Microsoft might just have shut themselves out of the enterprise tablet market. In 2012, I can’t see a bunch of IT execs wanting to order 1000 untested first gen Windows 8 tablets vs 1000 3rd gen Ipads.

Maybe it’s just me..

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