Netbooks are a huge market for Microsoft with over 90% of them shipping with Windows, so any loss of sales to the iPad is sure to hit profits for the company.
This is a big deal for them and it is yet another indication that the iPad is re-shaping the market, just as the iPod did in the portable music player arena and the iPhone has done in the smartphone market. Truth is that no company, not Nokia, Sony Ericsson nor Microsoft can afford to ignore what Apple is doing. Why else would there be a veritable flood of new tablet devices coming to market and a decline in netbook sales?
- Microsoft acknowledges iPad’s effect on netbook market (tuaw.com)
- Netbooks are being ‘cannibalized,’ says Windows GM (engadget.com)
- Microsoft admits tablets are cannibalizing netbooks (slashgear.com)
- Tablets eating Netbooks? A Microsoft GM says yes (news.cnet.com)
- The iPad IS cannibalizing netbook sales (zdnet.com)
- Microsoft Windows exec says iPad cannibalizing netbooks (electronista.com)
- Finally, Someone at Microsoft Says Tablets Are Cannibalizing Netbooks (macstories.net)
- Microsoft finally admits that the iPad is ‘cannibalizing’ netbook sales [TNW Microsoft] (thenextweb.com)
- 240 million Windows 7 licenses sold in first 12 months (geek.com)