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Windows 8 & RT tablet shipments to surge to around 75m by 2015

Windows 8 and Windows RT will be unveiled on 25 October, in an event that will be more significant than the one held for the release of Windows 7, for both the industry and for Microsoft, according to a research paper published by Digitimes.

Rather than being a kneejerk response to the growing threat of Android and iOS platforms, Digitimes’ James Wang and Eric Lin reckon that the launch of Microsoft’s new OS “marks the opening salvo in the battle for users between PCs and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets”.

According to the Taipei-based company, the market share of Windows-based tablets will grow from nil in 2012 to around eight per cent by 2015, with shipments shooting from almost zero to around 75 million over the same period.

(opens in new tab)The report also suggests that Microsoft will launch a simplified version of Windows Phone 7 aimed at the sub-$100 market (below £70). Current discounted/clearance Windows Phone smartphones are available for around £100 on PAYG.

Windows 8 will also cause the number of Ultrabooks and hybrid devices to increase tremendously, with SSD seeking an increased penetration rate.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.