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Friday, 07 October 2011 11:55

42 percent of US consumers want Windows tablets

Written by Fuad Abazovic


Twice as many as iOS or Android
We came across an interesting survey from Boston Consulting Group who came across some interesting data.

They did a survey asking people in China and USA what operating system one would prefer on its tablet. The results could be described as shocking, since 44 percent of consumers in Chine want Windows on their tablets, while in US some 42 want the same.

Apple’s iOS, the ultra-popular and most prolific operating system for tablets is preferred by 34 percent of Chinese customers while in the Apple loving US this number surprisingly drops to 27 percent. One would believe that iOS’ biggest stronghold is iUSA, but this does not seem to be the case.

Android is wanted by 18 percent Chinese and 20 percent of USA customers while Blackberry is preferred by 2 percent of Chinese and 9 percent of Americans. Palm OS is preferred by 2 percent of Chinese and 3 percent of Americans and while Meego is a no go for Americans at all, it has one percent supporters in China.

We might have to add some data from Europeans. Two weeks ago at the customer oriented event organized by big distributer Ingram Micro. We talked to a few tablet manufacturers who said that a lot of computer selling customers have just heard about Android for tablets, but as soon as they learn that a tablet doesn’t run Windows, they lose interest.

Tablet manufacturers in Europe believe that Windows 8 is going to be super popular in Europe, despite the fact that it will come two years after Apple’s introduction of the most popular tablet and tablet OS.

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+6 #1 STRESS 2011-10-07 12:32
I'm missing some crucial data points like how many percentage do not want a tablet at all no matter what OS it runs on because they think it is utter useless device?
 
 
0 #2 yourma2000 2011-10-07 12:58
If tablets were more functional and had features like a slide out keyboard like the old LG KS360 phone then they would be more appealing, it's because tablets are what they are which makes them daunting for people who use keyboards.

The main problem with tablets is that OS's that we're comfortable with such as Windows 7 can't be adapted for perfect use with a touchscreen without completely changing the sizes of in OS buttons and shortcuts etc which would seriously annoy people who use the OS on desktops and laptops, hence the optional Metro UI in included in Windows 8.
 
 
0 #3 DaRAGE 2011-10-07 13:31
I have an ASUS Eee Slate and it has windows 8 Dev preview. I think it works great, though I would like to be able to edit the keyboard more. When I first bought this slate running windows 7 was good, and I had set it up for more touch friendliness. I would use the touch pen much more. Windows 8 I dont need to use the touch pen as much and the keyboard types better. Though i just want the keyboard smaller and compressed.

Useless machine? Hell no. Its my web surfer and even little starcraft 2 tower defence ftw. Awesome gadget. Though i do wish it had built in micro-sim 3G instead of usb 3g connection *sigh*
 
 
-3 #4 arunmcops 2011-10-07 13:35
And more than 90% of those 42% people are so dumb that they think they can run x86/x64 software if tablet has "WINDOWS". These are the people who go to shop and ask that they want to buy a COMPUTER/LAPTOP. :D
 
 
0 #5 thematrix606 2011-10-07 13:49
Quoting arunmcops:
And more than 90% of those 42% people are so dumb that they think they can run x86/x64 software if tablet has "WINDOWS". These are the people who go to shop and ask that they want to buy a COMPUTER/LAPTOP. :D


Why wouldn't you be able to?
 
 
-1 #6 johndgr 2011-10-07 14:57
I don't find it shocking. And if you where asking about "A desktop version of windows that doesn't kill your battery and doesn't cost a little fortune" that 42% could be much much higher.
Android is good, iOS maybe better, but I don't think that there are many people who want or have the time to learn more than one OS.
 
 
-2 #7 arunmcops 2011-10-07 18:48
Quoting thematrix606:
Why wouldn't you be able to?


Because Tablet version of Windows 8 will be having ARM architecture,no t x86/x64. Please use GOOGLE :-) .
 
 
+1 #8 fed44 2011-10-07 22:19
Quoting arunmcops:
Quoting thematrix606:
Why wouldn't you be able to?


Because Tablet version of Windows 8 will be having ARM architecture,no t x86/x64. Please use GOOGLE :-) .

x86 tablets aren't going to be ruled out. Also .net executables are architecture independant and therefore some apps will be able to run cross-platform as long as they are not dependant on any native libs (sadly not many apps but it still means that some can be used, others will in most cases only need a recompile so it's not a big deal in any case).
 
 
-4 #9 GrumpyOldMan 2011-10-08 00:56
.

Love to see one. BUT................

Everytime Microsoft gets involved in a gadget, it is usually late to the punch, ineffective, and not very useful.

Since purchasing my windows 7 phone, there are THOUSANDS of apps out there, very few for my phone.

I know, they let the developers have the code AFTER the phone is released. But a year later, nothing, nada.

Wish they can get their act together.

.
 
 
+2 #10 bbo320 2011-10-08 13:05
Intel and AMD are beginning to produce SOCs, so Windows tablets on x86 architecture won't be far behind. That is when I will buy one.
 

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