Tablet PCs may be new but they are certainly making their mark

Tablet PCs may be new but they are certainly making their mark

Tablet computers are now more popular in Western Europe than desktops, laptops and netbooks. Gartner proclaims that the market is undergoing a “structural change” following their analysis of sales in the Q2 which showed that PC shipments in Europe fell by 20%.

Consequently, Gartner is predicting that tablets will become “mass market” later this year as sales climb to 50m units worldwide. Apple iPad, not surprisingly, holds the greatest market share with tablets running Google’s Android OS coming a very distant second.

The huge market potential means a lot is at stake which might explain why Apple is suing Samsung for allegedly stealing patents, RIM rushed to release the PlayBook before it was ready and Google’s purchase of Motorola to strengthen their patent portfolio and avoid patent litigation over Android.

As the manufacturers fight it out, it seems that consumers (and businesses to a lesser extent) are readily adopting tablets and changing the way they work, play and share content. Expect to see IT policy changes as businesses struggle to protect their IT infrastructures, changes in tariffing to cope with the huge increase in demand for connectivity everywhere and a move towards cloud computing for cheap storage, collaborative working and continuous access to content.