Forget Apple Inc. (AAPL) & Samsung, Here Come the Convertibles: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ)

Now why should Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung be so worried? Look at it this way; Windows is just too versatile to compete with in the long run. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS and Samsung’s Android tablets both have their advantages in the vast app stores and market control, but these new convertibles are offering something that no tablet alone can offer: the ability to have your cake and eat it too. An iPad can have tons of apps, and help you read email and browse the web like any other tablet, but it can’t run Photoshop; it can’t utilize your company’s proprietary desktop software; it can’t play hard-ball with businesspeople, gamers, or students. A convertible tablet PC not only has the same competitive (from 8 to 16 hours) battery life and versatility of tablets, but also all the goodies of a laptop to match it. Why buy a tablet and a laptop when you can buy one device to serve both purposes? It’s a cheaper, easier, and more seamless solution – and it runs Windows. Thanks to Microsoft’s new Windows 8 interface, they found a way to merge two worlds once divided, and this will allow them to take the tablet market by storm. It’s only been about a month since convertible tablet PCs have started coming out en mass, but Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is already reaching its point of saturation for 10-inch tablets, meaning the only direction it can go is down. The IDC has reported Apple’s market share consistently drop for the last year, and while it’s trying to make that up with its iPad Mini, the fact remains Apple already knows it’s dead in the water with full-size tablets, leaving plenty of room for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s many partners to storm in with Windows-powered hybrids. Plus, Lenovo is already making a shocking jump into the market, pumping out more than half a dozen different convertible tablet PCs. Even Samsung is getting in on the action with its ATIV Smart PCs, and Lenovo already knows where the money is: with convertibles. To top it off, Microsoft’s own Surface Pro tablet sold out in almost instantly when sales exceeded expectations. The people have spoken: they want Windows 8

In the end tablets are going to still exist, and the Windows 8 and Widows RT experience has a long way to go until it’s going to be tossing Apple and Samsung into the street, but what you’re seeing is Microsoft’s trump card against Apple and Android. Microsoft can’t offer the best independent OS experience, so it’s bringing Windows along for the ride, and winning over every type of customer in the process. Convertible tablet PCs change the entire way you should see tablets, and pretty soon everyone will own one. It won’t be long until Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) reigns over the tablet-verse in the process, and Windows will be what leads the charge.

The article Forget Apple & Samsung, Here Come the Convertibles originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Joshua Sherman.

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