Microsoft acknowledges iPad's effect on netbook market


Just in case you haven't heard, the iPad is having a rather large impact on the computing world around us. And if you don't believe the numerous analysts, business adopters and retailers, then perhaps Microsoft's own Gavriella Schuster, general manager for Windows product management, will sway you.

In response to Nick Eaton from the Seattle PI, speaking to Schuster about the success of the iPad and other pending tablet devices threatening Windows' hold on the netbook market, Schuster said (referring to her pink netbook in front of her), "These [netbooks] are definitely getting cannibalized. These are really a second device. But they are getting cannibalized."

We know that Windows dominates on the netbook scene. It's a huge market for Microsoft (according to Nick Eaton, over 90% of netbooks ship with Windows installed). So, for Schuster to openly admit that the netbook market is being cannibalized by the iPad further illustrates how it is changing the way we use computers today.

[via ComputerWorld]