Can Windows tablets win over business users?
As Microsoft® prepares for the launch of its Windows® 8 operating system, tech industry observers still have several questions on their minds. Some are wondering whether the software, which will run on both tablet computers and traditional PCs, is arriving too late to make a difference. Others question how the newly introduced Metro style will affect the operating system.
One of the big questions is whether Windows 8 will appeal to enterprise tablet users.
Few tablets have managed to steal users away from the industry-leading iPad®, but Microsoft would seem to have the advantage of familiarity when it comes to the workplace. For decades, Windows has been a staple for PCs in the enterprise, as have other Microsoft products, including Office, SharePoint® and others.
Microsoft is no doubt hoping that this PC success will translate to tablets. However, the software giant does face an uphill battle, as the tablet market has proven to be a tough shell to crack.
Perhaps the best way for Microsoft to win over enterprise users will be to quickly launch its complementary products following the release of Windows 8. Though the end result is still in question, introducing its other enterprise-focused software along with Windows 8 could significantly bolster Microsoft's chances for tablet success.