NPD DisplaySearch revealed that the Windows 8 tablet will not make much of an impact on the market until 2014. This revelation on the Windows 8 tablet comes as the market research company recently increased its tablet projections for the coming year to over 184 million units from an earlier projection of around 169 million units. DisplaySearch also indicated that the tablet market will reach around 425 million by 2017.
According to a DisplaySearch analyst, Richard Shim, the tablet market is currently on the rise as investments continue to increase. This growth in the tablet market, which does not include the Windows 8 tablet, comes as notebooks have not seen much growth compared to its market performance in the past.
The company is already seeing some indications of the previous pronouncements of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) that tablet shipments will surpass that of notebooks, Shim added. By 2016, the number of tablets shipped will surpass notebook shipments although these may not be applicable to the Windows 8 tablet.
The Windows 8 tablet market for the coming year will reportedly be around four million before it will increase to over eleven million by 2014. These Windows 8 tablets will be using the Windows RT or the Windows Runtime, which is the Metro component of the Windows 8 OS of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).
Last month saw this version of the operating system from Microsoft being used on ARM processors. For the moment, the fate of the Windows 8 tablet is uncertain since the companies and products involved were not yet unveiled. Due to this the projection is mainly a conservative estimate for the Windows 8 tablet.
Even as the Windows 8 tablet will be struggling to increase its share of the market, sales of Apple tablets are projected to reach around 134 million. This means that the Windows RT will be facing a major challenge with the iOS of Apple.
However the iOS will likely see its market share decrease to around 51 percent by 2017 and the share of Android tablets will reach around 41 percent. On the other hand by 2017 the market share for the Windows tablet will reach around 8 percent.