Greatness is pretty much guaranteed when things work in unison. It has been one of the talking points of the technology industry whether tablet devices are really PCs, and how and where they should be factored in when reporting market numbers.

At the same time the traditional PC market is going through a bit of a paradigm shift.

Desktops and laptop sales are gradually on the decline, while tablet usage has been on an utter and immediate rise. Still when you combine these two domains together, you get a positive outlook, as taking into account sales of PCs and tablets means the negatives are counterbalanced well enough.

And this is why the latest analysis from Canalys is an upbeat one.

The market research firm, in its latest forecast for the PC market, combined the numbers for desktops, notebooks and tablets into one mind numbing figure — 493.1 million units are expected to ship in 2013. This comes in at more than a 7 percent increase from 2012.

Tablets are now expected to account for 37 percent, up from 25 percent last year.

The numbers are projected to increase over the next few years to end up at 713.8 million in 2017. By then no less than 64 percent will belong to tablets, essentially a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 9.7 percent.

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