Windows 8 Aims to Take Huge Chunk of iPad Share in Less Than a Year

By Zach EpsteinBGR

Microsoft and its partners have seemingly set some very lofty goals for Windows 8.

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Citing multiple anonymous sources at various unnamed Taiwan-based original device manufacturers, DigiTimes on Wednesday reported that Windows and Intel want top-tier vendor partners to launch an all-out assault on Apple’s iPad.

The iPad’s share of the tablet market currently sits at 70% according to the report, but Microsoft and Intel want to push that figure down to 50% by the middle of next year.

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If earlier reports pan out, devices powered by the Windows 8 platform will begin rolling out early in the fourth quarter this year, and that gives Microsoft and its partners roughly three quarters to steal 20% of Apple’s market share.

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DigiTimes states that there will be 32 Windows 8 tablets available from various vendors by the end of the year.

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