Skip to comments.Companies Are Looking At Windows 8 Tablets Instead Of iPads
Posted on 11/01/2012 2:53:35 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
While most companies have no plans to upgrade to Windows 8 yet, we keep hearing about those who do.
IT departments are more likely to bring Windows 8 into the company as a tablet instead of upgrading all the company's PCs to the new operating system.
That's according to an informal poll of 700 IT execs taken by Fiberlink, which makes software for tracking mobile devices.
In another survey of 175 small businesses by iYogi Insights, 29% had no tablet and are considering Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets rather than an iPad. Of those that already had an iPad, 38% said they are considering changing to Windows 8.
That's not to say that Windows 8 tablets will kick the iPad out of the office. It won't. But Windows 8 could win out when a company has a specific application it wants to create for a tablet. For instance, Rooms to Go, a furniture retailer with $1.3 billion in annual revenue, has developed a Windows 8 app to use as mobile sales tool by hundreds of salespeople who work on the floor of the companys 190 showrooms, reports Steve Rosenbush, at the CIO Journal.
Here's a closer look at how 700 IT pros plans for buying Windows 8, according to Fiberlink.
(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...
If I upgrade to Windows 8, can I still use Lotus Notes? /s
For those concerned with Apps for Windows 8, here’s some news for you:
9,000 Windows 8 Apps and Climbing at Microsoft’s Windows Store
For Windows 8 to be any kind of success, Microsoft needs to flesh its Windows Store with a robust selection of apps, and it needs to do it quickly. That’s exactly what’s happening. On the Windows 8 launch day (October 26, 2012), the Windows Store contained a little over 9,000 apps, which doesn’t come close to Apple’s App Store or Google Play, but is a respectable launch number.
What’s more important is how quickly the store is growing, and according to WinAppUpdate.com, hundreds of apps are being added each day so far.
“In each of the last two days, more than 500 apps have shown up daily and again, quite a few of these have been high-quality apps from mainstream content providers around the world that can help lift the platform,” WinAppUpdate noted.
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Same old same old. Ask the guys in IT which system they would prefer and if they can’t take everyone back to the green screen they will settle for a Windows product. Of course they secretly use Macs at home, but the choice of PCs and Windows products at work is because of “security” issues. Job security, not network security. It just takes a whole lot more IT people to keep a Windows network functioning.
It is a really cool platform and a lot easier to learn and expand than iPhone or Droid.
MS did good again.
This is impossible.
Windows 8 is too hard to use. /s
In many respects Windows 8 IS a new OS.
Quite confusing if I may say so and I picked up an Ipad , HP Thinkpad and Android phone and was ripping through them in just minutes.
There are a lot of stories out there which say Windows 8 is awful
MS had the first e-reader years ago, back in the 1990s, and they failed to support it and it died after a few iterations. I’d be worried that they’d bail on this new device too.
It is terrible as a desktop/laptop os.
It was designed for the Surface tablet, for which it as an
alternative to the ipad will do well.
This is good for MS as they sell the tablets, and bad for
HP, Dell and others that have no OS.
RE: Id be worried that theyd bail on this new device too.
Windows 8 is DO OR DIE for Microsoft. It HAS to succeed and they will fight to make it succeed, or die trying. Their future is at stake.
Not sure about that, but I'm told that Wordstar and PFS File work great.
That's the entire point here -- MS naysayers notwithstanding.
I like Apple's products, but the ability to quickly put together a custom program [app?] without Apple's explicit permission is still a powerful selling point.
Only if it's Lotus Notes 8.0 or above. (I know you were being sarcastic, but the bank I work for still uses Lotus Notes .. .go figure!)
How hard is the upgrade from CP/M?
We have iPads at work and while it’s neat, it’s not useful in a office business environment. We need PowerPoint, excel and Word and not Apples version. Looking forward to the Surface Pro.
What do you expect from IT? Back in the 80’s while IBM and Microsoft were working to get PC’s to talk to the corporate mainframe, Apple was giving them the finger.
Well, if it looks like they’re that serious about it, it might be worthwhile. Personally, I’d be inclined to go with a Windows platform device. Apple makes great hardware, but their software is lacking (in my opinion) and doesn’t play well with others.
Can't argue with you there. But that was also when IT still didn't see much use for a GUI, so Apple was shut out anyway.
I might buy that if they didn't have a keyboard.
There were other personal computers that didn't have a GUI, and enterprise IT didn't adopt them either. When you could put a 3270 adapter and get access to mainframe data, then it was worth the investment. It wouldn't have mattered if you opened that 3270 session with a mouse click or a key press.
LOL. Those were the days, eh. When the ships were wood and the men were steel.
If you know Java, you can pretty much develop Droid applications.
Please tell us you are kidding.
Looks like Windows 8 is Microsoft's way of helping Obama drive the last nail into the coffin of American business.
At the link below, you can see how Office 2013 will show you a gif image of what a spreadsheet chart looked like when American business was still alive. Sorry, there are no similar gif images of boring old raw data in rows and columns.
Heaven doesn't need numbers; I guess neither does Hell.
Not really. Windows is just more open to creating specific or tailoring applications. Apple is great for users who don’t want to tinker around. IT guys at home use Linux
it’s just the image of charts. I look at literally millions of rows of data in datawarehousing and I can tell you that graphs have their role, whether in Spotfire or business objects or Cognos or microstrategy or excel. It helps pinpoint a trend and then one can drill down to a lower granularity to pinpoint the issue in numbers
Apple has been pissing on enterprise IT for decades. If IT kicks iPads to the curb in favor of W8 RT tablets, then they had it coming.
Developing in-house apps that aren't being released to the world at large doesn't require Apple's review or permission. Only apps destined for the App Store are reviewed for compliance with Apple's guidelines.
That aside, it's not much of a surprise that companies will give Win8 tablets a serious look. Windows remains dominant in large part because it is historically dominant. Companies are loathe to port their own applications or find (and purchase) alternatives for third-party applications unless they see a significant business return on it. It's largely inertia, and even though the percentage of desktops running some form of Windows continues to drop (10 years ago, it was about 90%, now it's approaching 70%), it's still a massive number compared to other options, and commercial developers will focus first and foremost on where the money is.
And since the Mac went BSD, it doesn't really matter that much what kind of box they use. And I know plenty of "tinkerers" who have Linux on their MacBook Pro.
Of course I'm kidding. I'm an unapologetic Mac Fanboy. But having lived on both platforms since the 80's I definitely don't share your paranoia about Microsoft trying to help Obama ruin American business. MS is all about business. And when they screw things up, I'm pretty sure it is inadvertent and not part of some grand liberal conspiracy.
I gotta agree. The business world is Microsoft’s “firewall”, as it were, to maintaining their market dominance. They need to remain the system of choice for corporate buyers, and they’re not going to do anything — intentionally - to mess that base up.
I do, and the Windows development is much easier, quicker and thus cheaper for businesses.
As Johnny Carson used to say, "I did not know that." I do think, though, that Microsoft's providing [and making a lot of money from] developer tools has been the difference in their market share.
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