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Microsoft Tablet Market Share Increases, Surpasses RIM

Software giant Microsoft increased its global tablet market share from 1 percent to 4.6 percent in a year’s time.

The interesting part here is, Microsoft, without having officially launched a tablet device, is ahead of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, which despite of launching the PlayBook, has a global tablet market share of 3.3 percent.

Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 8, designed keeping tablets in mind and complete with support for ARM processors, which are found in tablets and Smartphones.

The metrics are a part of a new Strategy Analytics report, which also revealed that although Apple leads the global tablet market, its market share has fallen thanks to the in-roads made by Android.

Apple had a massive 94.3 percent share of the global tablet market in the Q2 2010, but it dropped considerably in the past one year. Android on the other hand, increased its tablet market share from 2.9 percent to 30 percent in a year’s time.

It seems that Android’s growth might be stalled, judging by the sheer number of lawsuits the platform faces. Android device makers are being targeted by Apple and Microsoft while Oracle has launched a legal assault on the platform.