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Analyst: Microsoft can still be a player in tablets

Microsoft is definitely enjoying a powerful recreation of catch-up in opposition to Apple’s iPad. However the software program big can make a comeback in the marketplace for pill computer systems. At the least that’s the opinion of Citigroup, which predicts that Microsoft can attain “a significant share of the market in 2013 and past,” based on a Reuters report.

The Citigroup report notes that Apple shipped greater than 15 million iPads final 12 months, which accounted for practically all the market. The Citigroup analysts additionally warned that Microsoft might stumble, but once more, in the marketplace for pill computer systems.

“In fact that is dependent upon the corporate’s means to ship a aggressive working system on companion {hardware} that’s priced competitively,” they wrote.

Microsoft does have deep relationships with {hardware} machine makers, a lot of whom wish to compete with Apple in the fast-growing market.

The corporate is anticipated to launch a Windows 8 beta later this 12 months, and Citigroup means that Microsoft could launch the brand new working system on a pill previous to desktop PCs. That will be a daring transfer by Microsoft to indicate that it’s severe in regards to the menace from Apple’s iPad.

Beforehand on GeekWire: Now leaving: The guy who led Microsoft’s iPad rival … years before the iPad existed

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