Published on April 13th, 20120
BYOD acceptance sees doubling of tablet sales
The ongoing debate regarding whether tablet devices are adequate PC replacements appears to be having little impact on their popularity, with Gartner forecasting sales to almost double this year.
The analyst expects combined personal and corporate sales to top 120 million units, with the creation of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies fuelling adoption within businesses.
The most popular devices will continue to be Apple products running iOS, however the forecast illustrates a potential loss of market share as Microsoft makes its official leap into the tablet market with Windows 8, offering both users and support staff a familiar platform enterprise-wide.
“IT departments will see Windows 8 as the opportunity to deploy tablets on an OS that is familiar to them and with devices offered by many enterprise-class suppliers. This means that we see Windows 8 as a strong IT-supplier offering more so than an OS with a strong consumer appeal,” says Gartner vice president Carolina Milanesi.