IDC: Microsoft Windows To Dominate Detachable Market By 2020

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IDC yesterday published its Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker forecast. IDC reported that Worldwide tablet shipments will drop to 195 million units in 2016, down -5.9% from 2015. IDC predicts that tablet market will return to positive growth driven by growing demand for detachable devices like Microsoft Surface. IDC expects 2-in-1 device to grow from 16.6 million shipments in 2015 to 63.8 million in 2020. They also said that Microsoft-based devices will begin taking share from the other platforms, most notably from Google’s Android.

“This momentous shift in form factor will bring along the first significant impact of Windows-based devices that the tablet market has seen,” said Ryan Reith , Program Director with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers . “Windows 10 seems to be making headway in both the PC and tablet markets, mainly driven by devices with larger screen sizes. Despite the free licensing on products under 9 inches the growth for Windows-based tablets will be primarily on devices with displays between 9 and 13 inches. Until we see a day where touch is introduced for Mac OS X and inroads are paved to bring Android and Chrome more closely aligned, we believe Windows remains the logical choice for detachable products.”

Worldwide Detachable Tablet Market Share and Year-Over-Year Growth by OS, 2016* & 2020*
OS 2016* 2020*
Android 18.2% 18.1%
iOS 28.5% 7.3%
Windows 53.3% 74.6%
Detachable YoY Growth 73.0% 15.0%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, March 8, 2016.