We have reported a few times in the last few days about how the Blackberry Playbook is going to be discontinued and how the technology is doomed to fail without a strong injection of software functionality. Even some of the project managers that were there from the beginning of the tablet creation have fled. According to a Microsoft sales report Windows based tablets are outselling the Playbook.
It is well known that Google Android Honeycomb was developed exclusively for tablets and Microsoft is preparing Windows 8 for the same reason. Microsoft although does not have a OS designed for tablets the OS still enjoys robust sales.
According to a recent report by Strategy Analytics, the Windows operating system controls 4.6% of the market, while the Playbook only has 3.3%. Both of these companies pale in comparison to the success of the Apple iPad which dominates the market with 61.3%. Meanwhile Android within a year went from 2.9% of the market to 30%, which bodes well for the future of the Google based tablet sector.
Microsoft continues to sing the praises of its Windows 8 variant of the popular OS. I am excited that finally MS will deliver an operating system designed for touchscreen interaction and will influence more companies to get behind it. Windows 7 is actually not too bad on a tablet, but you get the best results when companies wrap their own GUI and UI around it. I really think EXOPC delivers the best Windows 7 tablet experience and was my pick last year for best tablet with that OS.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.