Microsoft and Intel dominance will see serious erosion over the next few years in the era of the tablet and smartphone, market researcher IHS iSuppli said.
The Microsoft-Intel "Wintel" alliance will get slammed by the rise of the "new computer market," a category made up of PCs, smartphones, and media tablet segments, Craig Stice, an analyst at iSuppli, said in a research note today.
Microsoft's share of the operating system market for the three product categories combined is expected to slip to 33 percent in 2016, down from 44 percent in 2011, according to iSuppli While Intel's share of microprocessors will fall to 29 percent, down from 41 percent.
"At the same time, the total size of the market will double from 2011 to 2016, almost entirely due to the strong growth of the smartphone and media tablet segments," Stice said in a statement.
Intel's response has been the ultrabook -- a PC with the attributes of both a laptop and tablet -- while Microsoft's answer has been the Windows 8 operating system, which spans the PC, tablet, and smartphone markets, said Stice.