According to the latest estimates from Canalys, almost half a billion PCs to ship this year, while both desktops and laptops will dip while tablets shipments will rose 59% to take the numbers to 182.5 million. The research firm predicts that in 2013, a total of 493.1 million units of desktops, notebooks and tablets (together) will ship, representing 7% year-on-year growth.
“Microsoft will continue to innovate,” Canalys Senior Analyst Tim Coulling said in a statement. “New versions will come and its OS release cycle will gain speed. But it must address some of the criticisms that have been directed at the OS’s user interface or it risks losing even more ground to iOS and Android in the PC space.”