For the past few decades, Microsoft has absolutely dominated Apple when it comes to the number of Microsoft devices sold versus Apple devices, but 2013 will be the year that everything changes.
A report from Gartner claims that Microsoft’s reign is coming to an end, as 2013 will be the first year that more Apple devices are purchased than Windows devices.
The success of the iPad and iPhone have helped Apple close the gap on Microsoft recently. Just last year, Apple sold 159 million iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Macs, while the number of Windows devices totalled 175 million units.
As consumers’ computing interests shift away from the desktop and toward mobile, Microsoft has struggled to find a hit product. The release of the Microsoft Surface RT and Pro has done little to improve Microsoft’s position in the tablet game, while Windows 8 has been hit-and-miss for most consumers.
Gartner also foercasts that tablet sales will outpace desktop-PC sales by the end of 2015, with Android becoming the most dominant operating system in the world, while Apple and Microsoft fight for second place.