Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 release has users looking to move to tablets, according to researchers.
In a survey of customers, PC support and maintenance firm iYogi found high interest among consumer and home office users in the Windows 8 Metro platform.
The study of 1400 users found that 69 per cent liked Microsoft's new interface and the company's decision to use the same layout for multiple devices. Interest was even higher amongst tablet users, with 85 per cent of those surveyed favouring an operating system which melded its PC and tablet interfaces.
With interest in the platform high, iYogi believes that Windows 8 will make an immediate impact in the market. Co-founder and president of marketing Vishan Dhar told V3 that the platform could even threaten established players such as Android.
"There needs to be a third contender in that space, and Windows has a base of subscribers who want that tablet interface," Dhar explained.
"We see the market itself for tablets increasing and Microsoft being a strong alternative to iPad, which Android has not been able to do."
The study could be welcome news for both Microsoft and Apple. While Windows 8 has been built with a combination of tablet and desktop interfaces, Apple has looked to integrate elements of its iOS mobile platform into the Macintosh line.
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