Tablets using Microsoft software top RIM's touted Playbook

Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:20pm IST

General view of Microsoft Corporation new headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris October 6, 2009. Tablets using Microsoft Corp software saw stronger sales than the high-profile Playbook from BlackBerry maker Research In Motion in the second quarter, according to Strategy Analytics. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

General view of Microsoft Corporation new headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris October 6, 2009. Tablets using Microsoft Corp software saw stronger sales than the high-profile Playbook from BlackBerry maker Research In Motion in the second quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tablets using Microsoft Corp software saw stronger sales than the high-profile Playbook from BlackBerry maker Research In Motion in the second quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.

Even though Microsoft has yet to launch a version of its Windows software designed specifically for tablet computers it still picked up a 4.6 percent share of the market in the second quarter compared with a 3.3 percent share for Playbook, which is based on RIM's QNX software.

RIM launched Playbook, its first tablet computer, in April to lackluster reviews. Microsoft, which provides the same software for tablets as it sells to desktop computer makers, is not expected to launch dedicated tablet software until the late next year.

Meanwhile market leader Apple Inc fought off an increasingly strong challenge from Google Inc, whose Android software is used in tablets from many hardware vendors including Samsung Electronics Co and Motorola Mobility.

Apple's iPad tablet dominated the market with a 61.3 percent share. But Android increased its market share to 30 percent from 2.9 percent in the same quarter a year ago, when Apple had 94.3 percent of the market, the technology research firm, Strategy Analytics said.

(Reporting by Sinead Carew; editing by Carol Bishopric)

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chrbal wrote:
No. No. No! The report is for *shipments* not for *sales*.

The numbers only represent what has shipped to retailers, not what has been sold to consumers. Big difference.

This merely represents what has been produced, not what has been sold to end users.

And since so many new Android devices are just now shipping, of course this number is large as suppliers “stuff the channels”.

Please correct your article.

Jul 21, 2011 12:39am IST  --  Report as abuse
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