engine - 4:01 pm on Jun 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
Having looked at the announcements this week, it looks to me as if it's quite possible to achieve those goals.
What do you predict?
Gartner: By 2016 Microsoft To Position 3 in Tablets & 2 in Smartphones [tech.fortune.cnn.com]
Microsoft (MSFT) currently has a 4.2% share of the worldwide smartphone market and 0% share of the market for tablet computers, but that didn't stop Gartner from predicting back in April -- two months before this week's big Windows 8 announcements -- that Redmond was about to take a significant share of both.
"IT departments will see Windows 8 as the opportunity to deploy tablets on an OS that is familiar to them and with devices offered by many enterprise-class suppliers," Gartner's Carolina Milanesi wrote in an April 7 press release. Without having heard about -- never mind seen -- the Surface tablets, she predicted that Microsoft would grab a 4.1% share of the tablet market before the end of 2012 and an 11.8% share by 2016. That would put Surface in third place after Apple's (AAPL) iOS and Google's (GOOG) Android.
Microsoft releases own tablet "Surface" for Windows 8 and RT [webmasterworld.com]
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