PCs are dying. Tablets are dying. Everything’s horrible, the end. Well, not quite.
While computer manufacturers have come into consolidating company and the tablet market is getting a little flabby, combining Windows and tablets together might equal success in the future. As long as you can take the keyboard out of the equation, that is.
IDC is forecasting another fall in global tablet shipments for this year, down 5.9 percent to 195 million devices. But it seems that the detachable devices segment (the Surface Pro-likes and strive-to-bes) will drive future growth, said to be in the single digit percentages. From the report:
This somewhat hybrid category that brings together slate tablets and PCs is expected to grow from 16.6 million shipments in 2015 to 63.8 million in 2020.
Microsoft will be taking market share from Android with nine-inch-plus screens, barring Apple deciding that Mac OS X befits a touch display. Still, IDC forecasts iOS growth in the detachable to shrink from 28.5 percent this year to 7.3 percent in 2020. Android is expected to stay flat at around 18 percent for the next five years while Windows plows up from 53.3 percent to 74.6 percent growth.