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Microsoft Japan says it can get 50 percent of tablet market

JIJI

Microsoft Japan Co. President Yasuyuki Higuchi said Wednesday the company believes it can corner 50 percent of the Japanese market for tablet computers.

The company recorded a 30.1 percent share of the market in the first three months of this year, up from 10.1 percent a year earlier.

“We’re hoping more tablet users choose our products,” Higuchi said at a corporate strategy meeting.

Personal computer sales have sagged following a spike in spring, when users rushed to replace computers using the Windows XP operating system. Microsoft Corp. ended support for the software on April 9, and sales were further focused by the consumption tax hike on April 1 from 5 percent to 8 percent.

“The sales decline was expected,” Higuchi said, who added that some people continue to use Windows XP and therefore represent potential future demand for PCs.