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Microsoft may shift gear due to decline in traditional PC sales


It is a very well known fact that traditional PCs are losing their ground for new modern age computing devices which are more portable and easy to use. And as you can guess, these modern portable computing devices are the tablets and smart phones. For many casual users, a tablet with a proper operating system is enough for almost of their day to day activities on a computer. Browsing the internet, checking emails, posting on Facebook, tweeting, checking in, shopping, watching movies, listening to music, and many more things can now be done on these modern devices as well as they can be done on traditional computers.

And for Microsoft, this is not such a good news as the company makes a good amount of money only from the Windows operating system for desktop and laptop computers. And once the company realized this, it started working on smaller devices and therefore we now have the Surface tablets. The Redmond based tech giant also has mobile devices with Windows software running on them.

According to a new report on Gartner, tablets are gaining market share very rapidly, and in a few years, will become the primary computing device for most users. According to the same report, the market for traditional desktop and laptop computers will drop by 7.6% by units shipped just this year. The report also mentions very clearly that this is not a temporary fluctuation in the market share, but a decline for the worst, a long term trend.

Also, the report says that Gartner believes Google’s Android mobile operating system will become the market leader in mobile platforms, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system will beat Apple’s IOS very closely for the second place. And the report notes that even though this prediction includes tablets as the primary computing device, there will still be demand for desktop and laptop computers by power users, and professionals.

Source: Forbes

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