IDC: Android to Topple Windows by 2016

IDC just published a new research report tracking the growth in sales of PC, tablet and smartphone shipments in the coming years. Smart connected devices, which include these three, saw shipments of more than 916 million units, with revenues of around $489 billion in 2011.

IDC predicts total device shipments to reach 1.1 billion in 2012, with device shipments almost doubling to 1.84 billion units by 2016 – a CAGR of nearly 15.4%.

IDC Smart Devices 2012

Smartphones are expected to account for a major portion of this growth, while tablets will also account for significant growth. PC shipments aren’t expected to grow much in the coming years.

While Windows is currently the top platform on smart devices, its overall share is expected to drop to 25.1% share in 2016, from a 35.9% share in 2011. On the other hand, Android devices will account for almost 31.1% of all smart devices in 2016, up from 29.4% in 2011, and lead the total market. Apple’s iOS devices are expected to capture 17.3% market share in 2016, up from 14.6% in 2011.

The growth in Android device sales is expected to be driven by the propagation of cheap tablets and smartphones, a segment which is currently dominated by Android.

Interestingly, IDC mentions that most Android device makers will find it hard to stay profitable, given the intense price competition.

It also says that iOS will continue to be more lucrative for developers, despite the low market share, due to a higher proportion of users who are willing to pay for apps.

Microsoft and IDC Forecast Cloud Computing To Create 14 Million Jobs By 2015

A study conducted by IDC — and commissioned by Microsoft — forecasts that spending on cloud computing will generate roughly 14 million new jobs by the year 2015, along with an additional $1.1 trillion per year in business revenues produced by “IT innovation”.

“The cloud is going to have a huge impact on job creation,” says Susan Hauser, Microsoft corporate vice president of the Worldwide Enterprise and Partner Group. “It’s a transformative technology that will drive down costs, spur innovation, and open up new jobs and skillsets across the globe.”

To visually present the information of the study, Microsoft also released an infographic that depicts cloud computing’s role in job creation in the U.S. along with the press release, as you can see above.

With an array of both consumer-focused — such as SkyDrive — and enterprise-focused cloud technologies — such as Office 365, Azure, and its upcoming Windows Server 8 release — Microsoft is certainly no stranger to the industry. And by the looks of things, they have plenty to look forward to in the coming years and cloud computing becomes more and more utilized.