Microsoft: Tablets to outsell PC desktops in 2013

Could the sales of tablets surpass desktop PCs by the end of 2013? That's the prediction from Antoine Leblond, the head of Windows Web Services at Microsoft. Speaking during the keynote address at Microsoft's annual TechEd Europe conference, Leblond said, "Everything used to be desktops, now 60 percent of PCs sold are laptops. Next year, tablets will outsell desktops."

Leblond seemed to suggest that the launch of Windows 8 will help make that scenario happen, thanks to the introduction of more tablets that will run on Windows 8 as well as Windows RT. Those tablet sales will come from various third party companies as well as Microsoft itself, which announced its Surface Windows 8/RT tablet last week.

Leblond did say that Windows 8 is not just for tablets, stating, " ... it's still Windows. Everything you could do before, you can still do in Windows 8." He added, "You don't have to compromise. It works equally well in a managed or an unmanaged environment, or a mixed environment."

During the keynote speech, Leblond also demonstrated a number of Windows 8 Metro apps that were made specially for the European market. That included showing off a Vodafone Metro app along with an app made for UK National Rai.

Via: TechRadar.com
Source: Microsoft TechEd Europe

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This is pretty obvious... People don't buy PCs that often.... Those who need new PCs probably prefer something lighter and more portable unless they are gamers...

The way I see it its wishful thinking on their part, unless the market changes drastically in the next year. I've been looking for a tablet so I can play with Windows 8 properly, and the tablet PC market is thin at best.

Interesting prediction - yet how many of those people who buy a tablet will also have a laptop or desktop? How many will buy a tablet and completely STOP using a laptop or desktop.

Like the poster noted earlier - more phones are sold than PCs so what's the point?

That's terrible news for MS itself considering at the moment they are essentially absent in terms of windows tablets in stores right now.

thealexweb said,
That's terrible news for MS itself considering at the moment they are essentially absent in terms of windows tablets in stores right now.

Well in the context of this article I don't think they have much to worry about, they're talking about the end of 2013 and there's a bunch of new Windows devices on their way.

Max Norris said,

Well in the context of this article I don't think they have much to worry about, they're talking about the end of 2013 and there's a bunch of new Windows devices on their way.

MS can attempt to predict how well they can sell but for now we don't know.

rippleman said,
So where are they all now?

Out of your sight as it's apparently so short that you see Tablet Haters as equal to Microsoft Fanboys.

Cøi said,

Out of your sight as it's apparently so short that you see Tablet Haters as equal to Microsoft Fanboys.

Good response.

There are haters in each and every camp, let me tell you that.

GS:mac

SubZenit said,
Isn't the tabled a PC too ?!

yes but your phone and gaming console are too and all tv will be really soon.

This is true, however I hope that not the wrong conclusions are drawn from that.

The reason they will outsell is because their lifespan is much shorter of a desktop computer.
Heck I could upgrade my desktop @100-200 bucks and be okay for some more years unless I'm into heavy gaming.
This is mainly because tablets are new and we're just discovering their potential and they haven't reached the level of performance:performance required ratio like desktops yet.
So the advances that are made naturally push the devices much more.

I think we can all agree that replacing a 2 year old tablet is much more reasonable than a 2 year old i5 CPU for example.
Those things still do what they shall do most of the time, unless you're in time crucial business. (hence your name is not Average Joe)

GS:mac

edit: By performance I also mean battery life and all those things that make factors for upgrading in their respective areas.

Jose_49 said,
And let's not forget about their OS. In max two years it reaches its life cycle support.

Wrong, so far all iPads are up-to-date and have been promised to get iOS 6.

I agree though, that you can maintain a desktop OS to be up-to-date on your same old machine much longer and without losing (mostly) beneficial new features. (e.g. Siri not coming to iPads of 1st and 2nd generation)

GS:mac

Daniel_Pooh said,
I don't get it who is buying these crappy things? They don't even have keyboard or mouse how can people do anything on them??

I do wonder that myself, i find it annoying even switching between web browsing and instant messaging on my tablet.

However i guess you need to think the majority of people browse the web, go on facebook and send the odd email... for them a tablet is so simple it actually just works.

Daniel_Pooh said,
I don't get it who is buying these crappy things? They don't even have keyboard or mouse how can people do anything on them??

They're actually quite good for what they're designed for. For me anyway, I don't think of them as a desktop replacement (as they're obviously not for multiple reasons), but more of an extension of it. Both good at what they do on their own, but in tandem they make my work a lot more productive, and good for the downtime too.

Daniel_Pooh said,
I don't get it who is buying these crappy things? They don't even have keyboard or mouse how can people do anything on them??

People that only want it for web browsing, email and games. Beats buying a crappy Netbook.

Max Norris said,

They're actually quite good for what they're designed for. For me anyway, I don't think of them as a desktop replacement (as they're obviously not for multiple reasons), but more of an extension of it. Both good at what they do on their own, but in tandem they make my work a lot more productive, and good for the downtime too.

I could never find any real purpose for my tablet to fill, when purchasing i did think i would use it loads. However if i want Facebook / Email when im not at the pc its a lot quicker to just use my phone. I guess its more of a toy to me, its nice to play angry birds on or watch video on a long train journey as the battery life is really good. However if im at home i would sooner just use the PC or Laptop.

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

People that only want it for web browsing, email and games. Beats buying a crappy Netbook.

Good analogy!!

Daniel_Pooh said,
I don't get it who is buying these crappy things? They don't even have keyboard or mouse how can people do anything on them??

I think you are making the mistake that your average user uses their machines like we do, most people have simpler needs out of their machines, and if they need a keyboard, you can get bluetooth ones, and the touchscreen replaces the mouse (for as far as it's needed on a tablet, precision is not something your average home user needs in a pointing device)

Daniel_Pooh said,
I don't get it who is buying these crappy things? They don't even have keyboard or mouse how can people do anything on them??

That's the point, people aren't really doing anything on them. Thus the Kim Kardashian trending on twitter instead of "banking crisis" for example. People that actually use their computers don't get any headlines, they create them, while the rest of the world consumes them.

phone is just WAY TO SMALL for me to view stuff on. Don't know how you can look at a <4" screen

InsaneNutter said,

I could never find any real purpose for my tablet to fill, when purchasing i did think i would use it loads. However if i want Facebook / Email when im not at the pc its a lot quicker to just use my phone. I guess its more of a toy to me, its nice to play angry birds on or watch video on a long train journey as the battery life is really good. However if im at home i would sooner just use the PC or Laptop.

rippleman said,
phone is just WAY TO SMALL for me to view stuff on. Don't know how you can look at a <4" screen

For Facebook / Email / IM the 4.65inch screen on my phone is fine, even for a quick web browse. Yes i prefer to on the PC however for quickly checking stuff on the go i have no problems using a phone.

Daniel_Pooh said,
I don't get it who is buying these crappy things? They don't even have keyboard or mouse how can people do anything on them??

If you use your PC as a toy, then these devices are excellent replacements.

InsaneNutter said,

For Facebook / Email / IM the 4.65inch screen on my phone is fine, even for a quick web browse. Yes i prefer to on the PC however for quickly checking stuff on the go i have no problems using a phone.

Small form factor tablets are great to read books. And unlike cheap e-book reader they can be used to watch video and play games on the train or plane.

Last time i took the plane i had my iPod and while it does work for small bus trip for an over 4 hours flight i found the screen really small.

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

People that only want it for web browsing, email and games. Beats buying a crappy Netbook.

So tablets do outsell PCs, big whoop. Laptops and desktops will be around for a very long time for the serious work of business, i.e., content creation and processing.

Daniel_Pooh said,
I don't get it who is buying these crappy things? They don't even have keyboard or mouse how can people do anything on them??

Microsoft Surface has a keyboard and a USB plug. Use a Nano USB mouse, and it'll always be plugged in.

Problem solved. That's why Surface will be a game changer.

TsarNikky said,

So tablets do outsell PCs, big whoop. Laptops and desktops will be around for a very long time for the serious work of business, i.e., content creation and processing.

I'm so confused. Did I hurt by saying this statement. "Big Whoop"? I don't doubt that PCs will be around for a while but what you wrote sounds like a kid who was being taunted.

ffMathy said,

Microsoft Surface has a keyboard and a USB plug. Use a Nano USB mouse, and it'll always be plugged in.

Problem solved. That's why Surface will be a game changer.

Let's not be premature about that statement just yet. We don't have a price or availability. So for now it is just vapourware.

still1 said,
Ipad is already outselling a singe PC manufacturer.. so it wont be too long.

I'm not sure about that as there are more Windows 7 licenses than the amount of all iOS devices.

Cøi said,

I'm not sure about that as there are more Windows 7 licenses than the amount of all iOS devices.

Read his wording, he says that the iPad is outselling one manufacturer, which is to say it's outselling someone like HP, not Windows as a whole

Sraf said,

Read his wording, he says that the iPad is outselling one manufacturer, which is to say it's outselling someone like HP, not Windows as a whole

No! Read my comment before your post. Still1 is correct.

Apple sold 15.4 million iPads last quarter [4th Quarter 2011] . That's more than any PC maker's TOTAL PC sales during the same quarter.

Sraf said,

Read his wording, he says that the iPad is outselling one manufacturer, which is to say it's outselling someone like HP, not Windows as a whole


That's why I said I was not sure, it still seemed strange to me.

Because Apple would never use inaccurate or misleading data in one of their conference slides.

Once again, we see that when it is advantageous to Apple's cause, it is ok to compare iPads to PCs, it is ok. But then compare the 600+ million copies of the OS that powers those PCs to the number of iPads (or even the number of Macs sold) and it is completely unfair.