According to Forrester Research report that was released earlier today, consumer demand for Windows 8 tablets in reducing at a rapid rate. Its down more than 21% since last quarter according to the report. The report says,
Microsoft faces challenges in the tablet market due to its late entry. While Windows 8 looks like a promising product for tablet computing, its release won’t come until sometime next year. Though Microsoft’s OEM partners are embracing the platform, consumer interest has plummeted during the past nine months. Windows product strategists will have to overcome several disadvantages associated with being a fifth mover in the tablet market. Product strategists in any industry have to evaluate their potential to be “fast followers”: Waiting too long to follow raises the bar your product must meet to compete.
Even though Analysts provide some guidance to follow, they are not accurate predictors of technology. Few years ago they said there is no tablet market, later after iPad got released they said that there is only iPad market and no tablet market. And now after seeing sales of Kindle Fire, they are saying that there is only two markets, iPad and Fire. Hope they add Windows 8 to the list when it gets released later next year.
You can find the full report from Forrester here.