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May 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM
IDC: Microsoft now among top 5 tablet vendors, thanks to Surface
Microsoft has landed among the top 5 tablet vendors worldwide for the first time, according to research firm IDC.
In the first quarter of the year, Microsoft shipped about 900,000 units of its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets — most of those Surface Pro, according to IDC estimates.
But “beyond the Surface products, Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets continued to struggle to gain traction in the market,” according to the IDC news release, which also noted that total combined Windows 8 and Windows RT shipments across all vendors reached 1.8 million units.
Microsoft’s share of the market, though, was still tiny at 1.8 percent. Leading the market were Apple and Samsung. Coming in fourth was Amazon.com, with 3.7 percent.
Here’s IDC’s chart: