Microsoft dominates Detachable Devices Market

As we are moving away from traditional desktop computers to more portable and detachable devices, co-detachable devices are assuming importance. This is not a generalized observation, but an established truth reported by IDC.

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Detachable Devices Market

The uptake in the detachable devices market can primarily be attributed to more choices in terms of brand and price point and the form factor of the devices. The performance rendered by these devices is often comparable or better than traditional devices.

A description on IDC website reads,

Customers are looking for solutions that allow for flexibility,” said Andrea Minonne, research analyst, IDC EMEA Personal Computing. “We want to access information, create content, or communicate without constraints. Addressing such market demand represents an opportunity for IT vendors. Convertible notebooks and detachables are the most suitable device to guarantee functionality and mobility at the same time. Both form factors have been well received in the market and have gained momentum across Western Europe. Interestingly, growth in convertible notebooks and detachables in the first quarter of 2016 was above average in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.”

Detachables’ penetration continues to increase among both enterprises and professionals, with half a million devices shipped in the first quarter of the year (up 92.9% YoY).

This trend is reflected in the evolution of the different ecosystems and consequently OS. In terms of OS dynamics, Windows continues to account for over half of the combined PC and tablet market — strengthening its overall position due to the success of Microsoft’s detachable devices and increasing ODM designs for this form factor, which have increased its tablet market share to 13%. As for PCs, Windows continues to dominate the market but performed slightly below average in the first quarter of the year — despite strong awareness of Windows 10, consumers have been slow to upgrade their hardware, while in the commercial segment most users have only recently renewed their old XP machines, reports IDC.

As evident from the report, Windows dominates the combined PC and tablet market. Moreover, the software giant expects to see an upward trend in the adoption of detachables among business users. Apple, Microsoft’s rival in the domain is also working hard to become more relevant in this business, as a result of which, both, Microsoft and Apple continue to invest in this business,

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in technology and has an immense interest in following Microsoft and other technology developments around the world. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player.

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