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    evildictait​or

    Tablet computer shipments soared in the first quarter of 2013, growing by 142.4% compared with the same period in 2012, according to analysts IDC.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22381037

    Interestingly the BBC article ends with the somewhat bold claim:

    However, the analysts warned that other Windows-powered tablets were struggling to gain traction, with only 1.8 million units sold across all vendors.

    Personally I think entering a market that is utterly dominated by one key player, and going from 0 to nearly 10% of your biggest competitor's size in 6 months is pretty damn impressive.

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    Bass

    Maybe. But it's far more impressive that a relatively new web company managed to dominate the [formally] largest technology company in their own game (operating systems) in just a few years.

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    evildictait​or

    , Bass wrote

    Maybe. But it's far more impressive that a relatively new web company managed to dominate the [formally] largest technology company in their own game (operating systems) in just a few years.

    Linux has always dominated the OS market for embedded devices for over a decade. And it's not built by a web company. And nobody has surpassed Microsoft in the desktop OS market where they still own 99% of all consumer and business desktop sales.

    So, sorry, what's your point?

    Also: Thanks for keeping the thread positive by not immediately posting flamebait. Thanks for that.

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    Bass

    , evildictait​or wrote

    *snip*

    Linux has always dominated the OS market for embedded devices for over a decade. And it's not built by a web company. And nobody has surpassed Microsoft in the desktop OS market where they still own 99% of all consumer and business desktop sales.

    Excuse me, but do embedded devices include tablets in this case? Because before Android, Linux certainly didn't dominate tablets. Actually, Windows did. Microsoft even developed "tablet editions" of Windows for some time.

    So, sorry, what's your point?

    That I don't find Microsoft having 10% marketshare impressive at all?

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    Sven Groot

    Old style Windows Tablet PCs and current tablets are not really comparable.

    Apple and Google didn't really take over the tablet market, because it didn't exist before. They created it instead.

    Sure, MS could've created that market with the tablet PCs if they had realized sooner that they needed to focus on touch-centric UI. But they didn't, so they lost.

    The current wave of tablets is also helped by capactive touch screens, because tablet PCs (as well as PDAs and smartphones from the same era) are a horrendous pain to use without a stylus, also limiting their usefulness.

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