Battle of the OSes: Apple to eclipse Microsoft, Android to eclipse both combined (in terms of units shipped)
Basing the prediction on shipment data may not be as reliable as actual sales figures, but the analysts behind the forecast must feel it provides a sufficient degree of dependability. Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi notes that in 2012 the Redmond software company had a firm grip on the market with a lead of about 134 million over Cupertino in terms of devices shipped. Gartner anticipates that by 2014 that lead will melt to about 23 million and then turn around in favor of Apple by 2015. Milanesi points out that Apple is already leading in the consumer market, but the enterprise industry traditionally remains a steadfast domain of Microsoft.
Another interesting piece of information we glanced from the report is the continuing decline of desktop and notebook computers – a reduction in shipments of 11% by next year with another 5% queued up for 2014.