According to the Frost and Sullivan report, "Analysis of Wireless Devices in European Industrial Automation Market," by 2016, the $218 million market may expand to as much as $539.5 million in the Europe alone.
Judge Lucy Koh ordered the temporary ban, saying that Apple "has shown a likelihood of establishing both infringement and validity" of its patents related to the iPhone's Siri virtual assistant software.
The market for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones is red-hot, leaving the personal computer as an afterthought for many. Microsoft, which was the biggest tech firm in 2009, has fallen behind Apple and Google in market value.
"Microsoft is excited to expand on its existing retail footprint to deliver an assortment of best-in-class products and a premium retail experience to new locations," the U.S. tech giant said in a statement.
While the industry reels from recent changes and hunts for more efficient, advanced industrial networking solutions, it’s possible the framework for a more streamlined, productive future is already in place.