Posted by: mobilitycloud | March 8, 2012

Re-Launch of Mobilitycloud Blog – Windows 8 mobiles may top iPad 3 for business deployment

Friends and followers, thanks for your patience during this bit of a “lull” while I got started in my new role at HP as I’m finally getting up to speed and back to making sure my blog was current. I’m having a blast in my new position as I’m constantly learning new ideas in the overall computing market that certainly applies here at Mobilitycloud. Thanks for all the kind thoughts and wishes that you all have sent me.

Today’s topic revolved around Apple’s announcement of the new iPad3 the other day, which we know will be a tremendous addition to the iPad family as lines will form around their retail and on-line stores 2 weeks before it is available and continue to proliferate the tablet marketplace. Before everyone else pushes back from the table and concedes to Apple/IOS and Google/Android, we are starting to see some momentum gaining for Microsoft and Windows 8, which is the newly developed OS that is planned to work not only on tablets but Ultrabooks with keyboards as well.  Forester is predicting that enterprises will have interest in W8 when it arrives later this year as it may occupy a niche in the business world that the other OS’s aren’t prepared to handle from a security and functionality standpoint. I don’t think that Apple is necessarily sweating this one out but there is definite market share up for grabs if Microsoft and their OEM partners do this right. Let’s Go Mobile!

Windows 8 mobiles may top iPad 3 for business deployment

Analyst: Even with no products shipping, Windows 8 attracts IT

                   By       , Network World March 06, 2012 12:42 PM ET

Even with overwhelming popularity of iPads and the anticipation of iPad 3, Windows 8 offers something businesses may find worth waiting for: support for ultrabook devices that behave as both tablets and keyboard devices, according to a Forrester study.

These devices hold so much potential for businesses that Forrester built some headroom into its prediction of how well the devices will do once they hit full production.

Even with overwhelming popularity of iPads and the anticipation of iPad 3, Windows 8 offers something businesses may find worth waiting for: support for ultrabook devices that behave as both tablets and keyboard   devices, according to a Forrester study.

These devices hold so much potential for businesses that Forrester built some headroom into its prediction of how well the   devices will do once they hit full production.

“Devices like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga take advantage of the next-generation Windows capability to toggle between the touch-dominant   Metro user interface (UI) and the traditional touchpad-and keyboard ‘desktop’ modes,” says the report authored by Sarah Rotman   Epps.

“Although we anticipate that retailers will struggle to effectively merchandise touch-plus devices, we think that Microsoft   is sufficiently motivated to help retailers and OEMs overcome this challenge. As a result, we’ve built some room for growth   in the touch-plus category into our updated tablet forecast.”

While iPads dominate at the moment, that could change if businesses start paying for all of the tablets used at work. According   the report, about half, 52%, of business tablet users say they bought the tablet they use for work outright, while another   17% split the cost with their employer. Business paid in full for 28% of work tablets, the survey says.

Even with no Windows 8 tablets available, Windows 8 is commanding attention from potential tablet users. Of 1,810 adults who   plan to buy tablets, most plan to buy iPads (61%), but 10% said in September — before even the developer’s preview was available   for Windows 8 — that they plan to buy a Windows 8 tablet, according to the Forrester report.

A survey from fall 2011 says that 13% of information workers in businesses with 20 or more people use tablets on the job.   Of those, 79% say they influence which device is used. Half say they helped pay for the tablet out of their own pockets.

The runaway favorite tablet among adults is the iPad. In a September survey of 512 online adult tablet owners 73% had them.   Second place went to HP with 6%. The survey excluded Nooks and Kindle Fires.

Overall, Forrester has jacked up its estimate of U.S. tablet ownership in 2015 from 82.1 million to 105.1 million. That will   jump to 112.5 million in 2016, the new projection says. Sales per year will grow from an actual of 10.8 million in 2010 to   60.3 million in 2016.

Some of the increase is because if low-cost small tablets evolved out of e-readers.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/030612-tablets-forrester-256982.html?source=NWWNLE_nlt_wireless_2012-03-07

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