Analyst predict a lost of more than one billion dollars for Microsoft as tablets continue to eat away on the laptop market.
From a company that spends billions of dollars into research and development, it is truly surprising to see them playing catch-up to innovations developed by other companies. Microsoft, once again, is falling behind in the tablet market with nothing to show other than a few early models that will not make into the hands of consumers any time soon.
According to The Guardian, Microsoft’s seemingly nonchalant attitude towards the booming tablet-PC market will cost them more than 1.28 bilion dollars as they continue to capture consumer’s attention away from laptops and notebooks where Microsoft makes most of their revenue from.
CEO Steve Ballmer has already come under pressure from stakeholders, halving his bonus payout for underperforming in the mobile sector. If Microsoft doesn’t come out with products that can offset the loss incurred from the dwindling laptop sales, it could mean bad news for Ballmer and stakeholders both.
There have been rumors of Windows 8 releasing next year and it could so happen that Microsoft may showcase a more tablet-friendly version of their OS on launch. All we can do is wait.