The UK is a hotspot for Microsoft products and when it comes to tablets, it appears to only be getting hotter. According to data from Canalys, shipments of tablets have grown 20.4 percent, year on year, to 2.15 million units during the opening quarter of 2014 and while Apple and Samsung still lead the pack with 34.4 percent going to Apple for a total of 742,000 tablets sent into channel and 653,000 Galaxy tabs offered up by Samsung, Microsoft has now made its way into fourth spot with their Surface line.

Microsoft pushed 71,540 units into the market in the quarter, up 27.1 percent on a year earlier, to grab a 3.3 percent market share. Of those tablets, 58 percent were RT versions while the Intel Surface Pro took up the rest. Channel partners have been attributed to the push says Canalys senior analyst Tim Coulling, as they helped Microsoft shift more devices but noted weakness in consumer spending was hitting the Surface less dramatically than others.

Via: The Channel; Thanks, Zapella T., for the tip!