While it’s fun to predict market shares for years in advance, there’s really no telling what will happen six months from now, and four year predictions are pretty much useless in the tech world. But trends do matter and they are worth analyzing. With this necessary caveat out of our way, here’s what IDC says it’s happening in the tablet market, this year and beyond.

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Who says the PC is dead? While it’s “long live the tablet” for many users around the world, the PC still continues to be a strong platform. Microsoft reports that 40 million Windows 8 licenses have been sold within a month of launch. According to Blogging Windows, Windows boss Tami Reller has informed investors that Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades.