Apple Devices Will Outsell Windows Devices In 2013 For The First Time Ever

the apple store vs. Microsoft store

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.

  • Derek Schlicker

    Was the photo taken at Bellevue Square Mall? The MS Store there is basically the flagship store for MS and it still gets outnumbered on traffic every time I go by there (save for the Surface launch, then it was evened up).

  • chrisrenaldi

    long time coming – the world is waking up! yahoo!

  • ConstableOdo

    Unfortunately it will be a bittersweet victory for Apple overshadowed by the fact that Android has taken over where Microsoft was and Apple will continue to be in second place. Wall Street will focus on Microsoft merely passing the baton to Google’s Android. Second place is a hollow victory for Apple as it loses out to a free OS platform which will further devalue Apple and reinforce the Apple is doomed theory.

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