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Windows RT predicted to grow slowly in tablet market

Windows RT, also known as Windows 8 ARM, is expected to to grow slowly in the tablet market place over the next five years, according to a new report from NPD DisplaySearch.

The report predicts that Windows RT will claim just 1.5 percent of the tablet market in in 2012, when it is currently scheduled to launch this year. Windows RT is expected to grow up to 7.5 percent of the tablet market by 2017, according to NPD. It also predicts that sales of tablets running on regular Windows 8 will have a very tiny market share going forward.

The same report claims that the market share for iOS tablets such as the iPad will actually go down from 72.1 percent in 2012 to 50.9 percent by 2017. NPD claims that Android-based tablets will increase from 22.5 percent of the market in 2012 to 40.5 percent in 2017.

Overall, the report claims that shipments of tablets will grow from 81.6 million units in 2011 to 424.9 million units by 2017. Tablets will also overtake shipments of notebook PCs by 2016, according to the same report. It also predicts that the number of tablets with high end AMOLED displays in tablets will increase from just three percent in 2012 to 30 percent by 2017.

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