Massive demand for the iPad in the enterprise is a direct threat to Windows 8

A recent Research survey of 1,604 business IT buyers by Research Firm ChangeWave shows the new iPad is already having a powerful impact on the corporate tablet market.

Going forward, better than one-in-five companies (22%) say they’ll be purchasing tablets for their employees during 2nd Quarter 2012, and the percentage reporting they’ll buy Apple iPads has jumped to the highest level of corporate iPad demand ever seen in a ChangeWave survey.

A total of 84% of companies planning to buy tablets next quarter now say they’ll purchase iPads – a 7-pt leap since the previous survey.

The impending release of the new iPad is also having an impact on business purchases of tablets made by other manufacturers. The ChangeWave survey shows an across-the-board decline in next quarter buying of tablets from other manufacturers.

This is just another sign that the release of a Windows 8 Tablet is vital to Microsoft remaining a major player in the mobile space.

Look out for my article later that talks about my experience with my Windows 8 Tablet.

The complete ChangeWave report is available here.

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