Microsoft’s entry into the tablet market may not be making the dent that Redmond may have hoped. In a recent tablet study by the IDC confirmed that Apple still dominates the tablet market, with 22.9% hold of all tablet sales in Q4. That’s a drop from 2011’s Q4 iPad shipments that checked in at 51.7% , most likely due to new competitors in the tablet market. Following up is Samsung, Amazon, Asus, and then Barnes and Noble. Notice a certain manufacturer absent? Microsoft.
Microsoft’s Surface RT debuted on October 31, a little later than other manufacturer’s already established products, but the number is just as disappointing: 900,000 units. That’s shy of Steve Ballmer’s goal to sell “ a couple million” of Surfaces, and the first solid number we’ve heard from a major research firm. The Surface Pro is set to debut soon, but time will only tell if Microsoft can break the vicious cycle.
[via The Verge]