Quick. Name the number one tablet device being used by corporate America? It’s Apple’s iPad, of course. Why? A gazillion apps, IBM, security and privacy, and ease-of-use. Microsoft, which has long owned the enterprise, has been left out of the mobile device revolution but wants back in. Here’s the plan.
Sure, It’s A Tablet. Uh huh.
Among PC makers there are few growth areas, but there are at least two obvious areas where PCs are growing while the rest of the industry suffers. The first is Apple’s seemingly ubiquitous Mac notebook line.
The second is Microsoft’s Surface line which is a small, thin, Windows-powered notebook which tries to act like a tablet. Think of it as a notebook with a touchscreen, keyboard sold separately. The tech media calls it a tablet, but it’s really just a notebook masquerading as a tablet.
For what it’s worth, Microsoft doesn’t give up easily, and each Surface model seems to be an improvement over the last. While Apple has a deal to bring iPhones and iPads into the enterprise, Microsoft reportedly has conned both Dell and HP into selling the new Surface Pro 4.
Tech websites are abuzz with news about the Surface Pro 4; specifications, models, October release date, and more. But it’s all just reportedly as Microsoft has yet to utter a word. What about Apple’s iPad Pro? Again, word on the streets is that iPad Pro will feature a faster CPU, a larger display (capable of side-by-side applications on a single screen), a keyboard and stylus sold separately.
What I find absolutely hilarious is how Microsoft’s entire Surface line is positioned as a hybrid device; a tablet and a notebook. But it’s really just a notebook with a touchscreen, and keyboard sold separately. It’s still Windows, and it’s a device that will not be used the same way customers use an iPad.