Microsoft now admits that Apple's iPad is cannibalizing netbook sales.
Speaking to The Seattle PI, Gavriella Schuster, general manager for Windows product management had this to say:
But the success of the Apple iPad, and the impending Google Android (and Chrome OS?) tablets, are beginning to threaten Windows' hold on the "and" PC market. Real Windows-based iPad competitors aren't expected until sometime next year. So I pointed to Schuster's netbook and asked about the recent trend.
"These are definitely getting cannibalized," she said. "These are really a second device. But they are getting cannibalized."
Schuster calls netbooks, tablets and smartphones "and" devices, which rather than replacing desktop systems, augment them. And it seems that when it comes to deciding between a netbook and a tablet, it's a case of which one to get, rather than getting both.
People only have two hands and a certain amount of cash to spend. Something, somewhere has to give.