Sometimes I feel like I can’t turn around without seeing another update on how tablet computers are doing. I tend to be morbidly fascinated with this particular topic because I have been covering tablets since Slate was bought by Compaq Computer sometime in the 1990s. Yep, I am really dating myself, I know.
In any case, I just finished writing up a story for SearchITChannel.com about how adoption — sanctioned and unsanctioned — is creating services opportunities for technology solution providers. (Look for that story to publish soon.) Literally the day after I filed my article, research firm Gartner updated its projections for the category, suggesting accelerated adoption of these consumer-focused tablets within enterprise and business accounts.
Here are some highlights:
- There should be approximately 118.9 million tablets shipped worldwide in 2012, which is almost double the 60 million tablets shipped in 2011.
- Tablets using Apple iOS (the iPad portfolio) will account for 61.4 percent of the shipments this year, while Android tablets should capture 31.9 percent. Windows-based tablets could claim about 4.1 percent of the shipments.
- The release of Windows 8 could change the equation for IT-supplied tablets, because it will include more enterprise-class features.