Microsoft exec: Tablets will outsell desktops next year

by Doug Drinkwater

June 27 2012

Microsoft's Antoine Leblond claims tablets will outsell desktops in 2013
Microsoft's Antoine Leblond claims tablets will outsell desktops in 2013

One week after announcing its first tablet and Microsoft has claimed tablets will grow to outsell desktops in 2013.

"Everything used to be desktops, now 60% of PCs sold are laptops. Next year, tablets will outsell desktops”, said Antoine Leblond, head of Windows Web Services, when speaking at the TechEd Europe conference in Amsterdam.

Leblond spent much of the rest of the presentation showcasing a number of Windows 8 features, including Windows To Go – which enables businesses to give employees a portable, encrypted version of Windows on a USB stick – and some ‘Metro’ tablet apps.

That being said, the Microsoft executive did give some thoughts on how touchscreens and tablets are changing PCs, even if he was eager to stress that Windows 8 runs across both desktops and tablets.

“Touch is coming to PCs and that’s going to change the way UIs are designed very dramatically, just like the mouse did", said Leblond.

Microsoft announced the Surface tablet on Monday of last week, with the 10.6-inch tablet expected to compete with Apple’s iPad when it comes to market later in the year. Windows 8 tablets from third-party vendors are also expected to surface towards the end of 2012.

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