Even as sales of the iPad and iPad mini may be leveling off from their previous meteoric growth, they still number in the millions for each quarter. According to a company exec, Dell can't make the same claims for its tablets running Windows 8 and Windows RT.
While you probably know the Guardian newspaper for being one of the sources of the NSA leaks and the subsequent notoriety of leaker Edward Snowden, it also reports other, less inflamatory, tech news, such as a recent interview with Dell global VP Sam Burd.
In the piece, Burd acknowledges the sales figures for the company's recent tablets running Windows RT and Windows 8. According to Burd, sales of the XPS 10 and the Latitude 10 have been in the "hundreds of thousands," which the Guardian frames in a negative light by saying the exec "admitted" the numbers and said they were "only" hundreds of thousands.
Of course, this is another sign that Windows-based tablets haven't seen explosive sales numbers, but Burd didn't sound the death knell for Dell's slates yet, arguing for a brighter future based on the figures: "I think that's pretty exciting when we look at the ramp [in purchasing] that we expect from corporate customers."
Indeed, the corporate market, which is much more comfortable with the Windows ecosystem than the iPad's or Android, could be Microsoft's saving grace in the tablet world (and, by extension, those manufacturers, like Dell, who are building Windows tablets). However, Burd is talking about a few years before Windows 8 could make up a third or more of the tablet sales volume (by which time it will likely no longer be Windows 8, but that's another story).
Maybe that's why Dell is looking into alternatives, as its core sales of desktops and laptops are predicted to slide and tablet sales haven't made up the difference. Burd says the company has started exploring wearable computers, which means someday soon there might be a Dell smart watch competing against an Apple iWatch.
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