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Microsoft's Surface 3 starts at $499, eligible for free Windows 10 upgrade

Agam Shah | April 1, 2015
Microsoft wants laptop diehards to switch over to its lightweight Surface 3 tablet, which will offer PC-like performance and be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 later this year.

In 2014, Windows's share of the tablet OS market was just 5.1 percent, trailing Google's Android, which had a 67.3 percent market share, and Apple's iOS, which had a 27.6 percent share. IDC is projecting Windows to have a share of 14.1 percent by 2019, with the share of Android and iOS gradually falling to 62.9 percent and 23 percent respectively.

Competitors like HP, Dell and Lenovo are already selling low-cost Windows 8 tablets at competitive prices. But the real uptick of Windows tablets could start with Windows 10, which is still in beta and has received positive reviews as both a mobile and PC OS.

 

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