Tablets are going to outsell PCs next year, 2013, despite Surface being described as a PC.
The post-PC era is a reality according to Microsoft, as tablets will become dominant over PCs in 2013
When Microsoft unveiled Surface at its conference at the beginning of the month (how time flies); the company kept describing the tablets as PCs despite keyboards only being available as an accessory. Now, Microsoft is saying that next year PCs will move aside as tablets outsell the desktop computer and become the most popular device.
Vice president for Windows web services, Antoine Leblond, said touch will also comes to PCs and will force the UI to change. While Microsoft seemed comfortable with Surface being used as a tablet and touch-enabled PC, Apple has maintained the iPad, its MacBooks and iMacs are three separate devices. That’s despite the increasing convergence of iOS and Mac OS X in Mountain Lion, releasing early July.
The messaging got increasingly confusing as Microsoft said it’s still supporting laptops and desktops, and said Metro works with touch screens and mouse and keyboards. The difficulty Microsoft has it that running two versions of Windows in one operating system is ultimately going to leave people preferring one version of Windows. That probably means the desktop version will be used more on PCs and laptops, while Metro will be more popular on tablets.
In the interview, Microsoft’s demonstrations of Metro working on a laptop didn’t work and repeatedly failed according to PC Pro.
The other difficulty is how is Microsoft going to keep managing the relationship between the desktop and Metro versions of Windows 8. What I think will happen is that Windows 9 will be pure Metro. Enterprise will eventually have to use Metro, if it’s not ready for them right now.
On business, Lebong said the ability to switch between Metro and desktop software was a positive. Of course legacy apps will only work in the desktop side. He described the situation as choosing between the device you want and the device you need at work. I’m sure most people will want one operating system that does everything.
Windows To Go was also shown, allowing Windows 8 to be run on a Windows 7 machine via USB without the risk of install the OS on another PC.