The latest data from IDC suggests that the Always Connected PCs
initiative from Microsoft will eventually do better as the
company is betting big on Snapdragon-powered PCs and new tools.
IDC’s latest report adds that the tablet market is still
declining and the drop reached 13.5 percent to 33 million units
in the new quarter. Unfortunately, detachable tablets also
went down and slate tablets shipment was only 28.4 million
It also notes that Microsoft’s first-generation Always
Connected PCs, which bring Windows 10 to ARM processors, has
failed to impress the audience but the firm is hopeful the
next-generation devices will work in the company’s favour.
“The first-generation of Windows 10 on Snapdragon detachables
failed to impress as sluggish performance and the limited
number of available programs and apps prevented the first few
products in the category from achieving mass market success,”
said Lauren Guenveur, senior research analyst for
IDC’s Tablet team.
“However, with Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 850 processor,
specifically designed for Always Connected PCs, as well as new
tools from Microsoft to bring 64-bit apps to the Always
Connected platform, we believe there is a promising future for
this line of products. The purported advantages of the
platform, including its cost effectiveness over Intel X86
processors, could do a lot to boost shipments of detachables,
particularly in the woefully underserved mid-market segment.
This segment remains key to the overall growth of the
detachable market, one which Microsoft has only started to
address with the release of the Surface Go.”