DMM’s battleship moe mega-blockbuster Kantai Collection is reputedly the (only) reason Microsoft’s Windows tablets enjoy a 15% market share in Japan where elsewhere they languish under Google’s boot with a pathetic 2%.

Despite (or perhaps because of) Japan’s reputation as a “Galapagos” IT eco-system and nation of Apple fanciers, it is the one nation in the world Microsoft’s much loathed foray into the tablet market seems to have borne fruit.

Market research in fact suggests the market share enjoyed by Windows tablets stands at 15% as of February, up from a more typical 3% only a year ago (Gartner has the current share in the US is a risible 2%, a poor return for the complete sacrifice of Windows 8).

Nowhere else have Microsoft’s tablets enjoyed such a boost in popularity – and with the same hardware, apps and marketing as elsewhere experts consider there to be only one distinctive characteristic Japan possesses which could explain this otherwise disturbingly inexplicable (or just plain disturbing) rise – improbably, the existence of Kantai Collection in the Japanese market, released about the time tablet sales took off and heralded as the ideal platform for leveling Shimakaze and friends.


Kantai Collection, with 1.7 million Japanese players and Windows as the officially recommended platform, may be a plausible driver for these sales, not least when notebooks are regarded as too inconvenient for play on the move and the models regarded as the “go-to” tablets for KanKore players have all enjoyed mysteriously strong sales, with the preferred Miix2 8 considered the best and the top selling Windows tablet for the last 3 months, vastly exceeding Lenovo’s sales estimates.

Neither Microsoft nor DMM for their part have commented, but it is easy to imagine Microsoft being less than thrilled that the only reason their tablets are hot items anywhere is due to a thong-clad destroyer’s appearance in a browser game.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There's only one problem with Windows tablets: controls. If someone makes a good touch interface for desktop games to be played with, these things will absolutely dominate the market, because there's absolutely crazy amount of good games on good ol' Windows, plus thousands of emus.
    I have a Surface Pro, and it's fabulous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:44 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wouldnt mind trying Kancolle but then Im too lazy to deal with all the proxy stuff.. I would just play it on pc though since I dont use portible gaming stations, just cheap phones and mp3 players.

    I game enough without bringing a tool to play games while I am out..

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 12/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Proxy is really easy to set up when you know how to. If I can get to your computer, I can set it up within 3 minutes, and you will take less than 20 seconds everyday to start up your game (or 0 second, if you save the link).

    The biggest problem is the lottery to get a game account.

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    Comment by grgpsunk
    12:01 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's funny, didn't the assholes at DMM prohibit playing the game through the use of tablets or cell phones?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:30 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, I think it's because the game might not support some tablets and cellphones since you need a lot of cache space to play it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:24 12/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    they should get rid flash and switch to HTML5/native app route with Unity engine or something

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 01/08/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is Japan we are talking about. Chance of that happening is pretty much none.

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    Comment by grgpsunk
    05:28 12/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uhhh, yes it does:

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 17/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Entire Sony PS franchise was launched by FF7 even PS was a shittier system than SS at the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it's because Gatchaman used Surface

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:16 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Microsoft has always needed extreme forms of moe entertainment to sell shit in Japan. X360 with Idolmaster sure started it. lol

    I won't be caught dead holding a tablet running this 'game' though. I ain't sinkin' no money for a stinkin' freemium game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    What “Galapagos” IT eco-system mean?

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    Comment by Chris
    06:30 11/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The Galapagos are a bunch of islands in the Pacific Ocean that are well known for having unusual wildlife due to the fact that they have been isolated for many years.

    Referring to Japan as a "Galapagos" IT eco-system implies that the IT scene in Japan is somewhat isolated and separated from the rest of the world, which leads to the rise of distinct and unusual product trends.

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    Comment by Phantasm
    22:59 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And that is why you post dumb questions under an anonymous account.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:58 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be fair they are also the case for hardware. There's so much stuff there that you can't find elsewhere... not too surprising Windows Tablet is well received there. I want one too.
    Partially for kantai collection as well.

    Though Japanese people like to commute light, so less obstructive computers = better. Then come games like Kantai Collection that is practically optimized for touch screen... double better.

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    Comment by jindo ko
    04:08 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go for an English release of Kantai Colection, Microsoft.
    Well, just like consoles, without games they are just movies and music players.

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    Comment by UraSapMrJap
    04:24 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Microsoft is always one step ahead of the competition. Cheat to win, baby!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:52 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because 15% of the market is really a step ahead...

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    Comment by Chris
    06:34 11/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    If windows tablets hold 3% market share on average in other countries, and Japan was the same just one year ago, 15% now is a huge step ahead. It's a 400% increase.

    That said, considering the possible reason for the jump in sales, the gain is likely temporary.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cant imagine BB. Yamato who have 460 mm guns in the form of a flat chested loli...... Yami is "D" cup in the body of Matsumoto Minimun dummies japans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:39 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obviusly you are wrong about "F" CUPPPPP!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:27 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The battleship classes in Kancolle are actually busty. Only some aircraft carriers and destroyers are flat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Carriers should be flat, else planes couldn't land and take off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want a fleet full of Shimakazes when I finally play this game.... for mah harem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:28 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It doesn't work that way :V

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Microsoft don't like it?
    They just don't have to sell in Japan then.

    Comment by Anonymous

    d00d zekamashi makes my dick so hard.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Japanese ships = flat chested lolis?.....that be the reason of they lose, have BAD GENES plop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:48 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dem trolls seem to be lively in these waters here......RELEASE THE LOLIS!

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    Comment by cgrascal
    08:18 12/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atago is flat-chested? Nagato? Mutsu? Takao too? I learn something new.

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    Comment by Anonymous

    >for leveling Shimakaze and friends

    Who the fuck even uses Shimakaze?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You're just to slow for her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    what the fuck is a shamikaze

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    kamikaze + shaman lol...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shimakaze is Japanese for 'Island Breeze'. A Japanese Navy Destroyer renowned for its speed, being the fastest of its time (40 knots). Sunk in the Philippines by American warplanes during the Pacific War.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    a japanese ship the amerifats torpedoed, til mindbroken

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Right about where your post is, and look ----->

    The thumbnail to the gallery "Ultimate Comiket 85 Cosplay" is a Shimakaze cosplay.

    *May not work/apply to everyone, depending on time of reading as well.

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