The numbers are in for Tablet computer shipments in Q1 and it doesn’t look good for MSFT and the iFruit company. MSFT’s Tablets continued their poor sales with Win8 and WinRT combined sales amounting to a dismal 7.4% of the market and shipment of only 3 million units. The iFruit company shipped 19.5 million units for 48.2% of the market. That may sound great but one year ago they had a monstrous 63% of the market.
Android Tablet shipment continued their steady climb. with 17.6 million units shipped amounting to 43% of the market. If you include the “white box” Android Tablets, which I always do, then the Android market share jumps to 52% and pushed Apple back to 41%.
In a few years MSFT may well pull out of the Tablet market, as they usually do when their products don’t sell (remember the Zune anyone?). As for Apple, they will someday have the same percentage of users for their Tablets and phones that they do for desktop and laptop computers. Enough buyers to stay in business but not much else.