The Gartner Group is predicting that Microsoft will control only four percent of the worldwide tablet market in 2012 and only 11% 4 years later.

This indicates that Microsoft will trail Apple and Google as a distant third player in the space for some time to come.

Here’s the Gartner tablet chart:

gartner tablet predictions

Gartner tablet predictions

The numbers just don’t look good.

What’s more interesting is the fact that Gartner see Google Android almost catching up to Apple in the future.

By 2016, they are predicting that Apple will be ahead of Android in terms of units only by about 32,000.

Interesting…

Source: Mary Jo Foley, TechCrunch

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  • Waseemtambe

    Android NOT AN LONG RUN OS REALLY!!!! DON’T EVER DREAM IT GONNA GO AHEAD MICROSOFT ( AN SOFTWARE GIANT )…MICROSOFT DEFINITELY WILL CAPTURE TABLET MARKETS TOO….JUST WAIT N WATCH GUYS!!

  • GuestWho

    That’s ridiculous and completely absurd.

  • http://profiles.google.com/brookfieldfreecycle Brookfield Freecycle™

     I predicted Android would go nowhere.  Four months later it was stronger than IOS in market share, http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9220296/Android_beats_iPhone_2_to_1_in_new_smartphone_purchases .  Forecasting consumer trends is challenging even for the experts.  “windows” and CE in particular have not been greatly successful in portable devices.  Maybe that will change in two to four years, but the past has not been a good indicator.

    Steve