Microsoft admit iPad eating into netbook market

Behold the iPad in All Its Glory
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Microsoft‘s own Gavriella Schuster, general manager for Windows product management has admitted in an interview that the iPad is impacting netbook sales.

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?

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