DisplaySearch: Wintel's Tablet Future Bleak

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Holly Golightly

Wow, I am using the next version of that very theme. Omnio for Rainmeter! The tablet future is definitely Windows 8. It will natively support programs, not just apps. This makes Windows 8 a very versitile OS for tablets. While the iPad is a sensation, it can not fully run everything. With Windows 8, I can run programs that are 10 years old. Probably some PC Games too. Imagine that? Now that is what I call "the complete experience" and it is coming sooner than you think.

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ilfipian

All the reasons tablets are poor productivity tools for the general user are the same regardless of OS. Windows has no advantage here. It's about input, not about software so much.

For hardcore productivity, you still need a desktop.

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big_montana

But, when tablts cases come equipped with physical keyboards, like the iPad does, and some of the Andorid ones do, that negates the advantages of a desktop, espcially if a Windows tablet is similarly equipped. 1 lb or less talbe vs a 3.5 lb or more laptop plus power brick. Which one do you think a user will choose every time, especially if they can perform the same tasks on a Windows tablet as they can on their laptop or desktop? That is where Windows 8 will win out every time, as you leverage your desktop, as it will act as virtual machine, adn you will not have to have the same apps installed on a Win8 tablet, as they can be shared across multiple devices.

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AntonioGarrison

You normally have to buy that accessory for your tablets seperatelly or make an addition.  Just aswell, with the addition of the keyboard dock, power cord and some accessorries to maximize your work efficiency you're looking right at about 3-4lbs worth of stuff.  Why not just get a ultrabook? It would be more powerful and at this point the weight would be similar.  Also the negative effect of a tablet to a desktop or even a laptop is minimal at best.  A tablet isn't really powerful enough to do alot of what corperate companies need you to do.  The most you can do on a tablet is check your mail, reply to that mail, play a song and browse the web.  Yes, I know tablets are still in their "early years".  The saying that a tablet can negate a desktop at this point in the game is not going to happen.

In my opinion and this is just my point of view on tablets right now, they are just portable toys.  I do like the idea of a tablet but sitting there fumbling around with a 8"+ tablet trying to type something on it, hold it in a comfortable position without having to lay it down or even move around in some uncomfortable manner just so i can type an e-mail is alittle much for me.

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big_montana

OMG! Take a class on reading comprehension, and do it quick puh-leease. I never ever mentioned a dock or physical keyboard with a secondary power brick. I stated an aftermarket SCREEN COVER with a BUILT IN KEYBOARD, that utilizes the existing power supply, that oyu can buy for both the iPad and someAndroid devices currently. How do you get docking station out of that? A win8 tablet will everage resources better than curretn tablets will, even a Win 7 table if your enterpise utilises Citrix for remote access, which quite a few coporations do, and even medium business do. The smallest company I provide support to, has 200 mobile workers, 650 total, and they use both VPN and Citirx for their workforce. All you need with Citrix is a tablet or netbook, as you leverage the remote servers resources to perform the work, as all your apps are on the server. Plus, the the covers also act as built ins tands for tablets negating your last issue.

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Carlidan

Geez, so mean to the poor guy. But that's montana. :)

Your reponse to the tablet is a very interesting read though. :)

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big_montana

This report is flawed big time. Android and iPads are good for recreational use, but for productivity based work? Forget about it, as attempting to edit or create office or PDF files on an Android or iPad is pretty much impossible, compared to a Windows based tablet. Toss in corporate encryption to satisfy Sarbanes Oxley to safeguard data, and only Windows 7 and 8 satisfies that requirement easily enough with bitlocker. Windows tablets will see growth in the enterprise more rapidly then in the consumer market, but with the release of Windows 8, I think even Windows 8 tablets, if priced right, will sell well to Joe and Jane consumer as the interface is fresh, and it offers features that both Android and iOS can only dream about, such as integration with all your devices. This is my take anyway, from one who supports law firms.

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AntonioGarrison

I think you hit the nail on the head sir. 

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AETAaAS

While I agree that on the enteprise side; Windows will still lead the way, why would prople who stare at the bottom of a balance sheet want tablets? If we are talking productivity, surely the good old laptop is the way to go both for the price and functionality.

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big_montana

Size and weight for one. Also, the attorneys I support just do not like lugging around mulitple devices, such as smartphones, laptops, untold breifcases. If they can get by with just a tablet, and a loaner cellphone, then all is good in the world again. And yes, I do provide loaner clamshell world phones so they do not have to carry their phones. The good old laptop, as you say, is just to heavy, and the power adaptor just adds to the bulk, while a tablets power adaptor is basically the same size/weight of a smartphone.

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