Optimistic growth forecast for Windows Tablet OS share
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Research analyst IDC (International Data Corporation) has published a press release (December 5, 2012) forecasting tablet shipment amounts and tablet OS market share for 2012 and 2016. The future continues to look healthy for the worldwide tablet market: 122.3 million units are predicted to be shipped by the end of 2012, 172.4 million units for 2013 and an impressive 282.7 million tablets shipped by 2016.
This growth in tablets shipped is anticipated to reflect positively for Microsoft in particular. Their various Windows operating systems (including RT, 7 and 8) are expected to make up 2.9% of the global tablet market share by the end of 2012, and by 2016 this share could climb as high as 10.3%, at the expense of Android, iOS and other operating systems.
IDC has offered these projections for the competing software: iOS 53.8% (2012) and 49.7% (2016), Android 42.7% (2012) and 39.7% (2016) and "Other" 0.6% (2012) and 0.3% (2016). However, this does not take into account any unknown future OS release that could end up being a game-changer, just like Android has been.
The growth in tablet sales has been detrimental to eReaders, with IDC forecasting 2012 shipments at 19.9 million units (down from 27.7 million in 2011). IDC uses market intelligence and over 1,000 analysts observing markets in more than 110 countries worldwide to create these calculations.