n producing its own tablet computer called Surface, Microsoft Corp. is entering a market dominated by Apple Inc. Six out of every 10 tablets shipped are iPads, according to research firm IHS iSuppli.
Here are the top five manufacturers of tablets last year:
Apple Inc. , maker of the iPad, 40.5 million shipped worldwide, 62 per cent share
Samsung Electronics Co. , maker of Galaxy line, 6.1 million, 9 per cent.
Amazon.com Inc. , maker of Kindle Fire, 3.9 million, 6 per cent
Barnes & Noble , maker of Nook products, 3.3 million, 5 per cent
AsusTek Computer Inc. , maker of Transformer line, 2.1 million, 3 per cent
Other, 9.4 million, 14 per cent