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Windows 8 tablets: A disaster in the making

Preston Gralla | May 8, 2012
Microsoft has revealed that Windows 8 tablets powered by ARM chips will be no easier to manage in the enterprise than iPads are.

The one area where Microsoft appeared to have an advantage in the tablet market was in the enterprise, since so many IT departments are partial to the rich set of tools available for managing Windows-based PCs. If Microsoft had allowed enterprises to manage both tablets and PCs with the same tools, Windows 8 tablets would have the advantage.

Now it looks like Windows 8 tablets will be no more enterprise-friendly than iPads or Android tablets. Where, then, is the driver to make Windows 8 tablets a hit in the enterprise? And without an enterprise foothold, it's unlikely that Windows 8 tablets will become successful overall.

It all adds up to a potential disaster in the making for Microsoft's plans to crack the tablet market.


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