neo158, on 06 December 2012 - 20:10, said:
I agree. In it's current form, Surface, is not for enterprise use just like the first version of Windows Phone. I think that will change when Surface Pro is released though. I say this because you need to remember that Surface Pro is a fully capable PC in a tablet form factor, running Windows 8 Pro, compatible with Surface RT accessories, the iPad isn't. The Surface Pro will allow businesses to replace both Laptops and iPads, assuming both are being used in the same workplace, with one device that has the capabilities of both.
I see Surface RT as a media consumption device aimed at consumers, a direct competitor to the iPad.
I think due to its price, the Surface Pro won't compete with the iPad in any scenario. I do think it will do quite well as a laptop alternative though. Trust me, that extra $300 means a lot to everyone's budget. And when they "want" an iPad, it makes it tough, real tough.
It's frustrating because the Surface is so close ... Really, I hope we see some clean up by Christmas and that Windows 8/RT have a good Christmas. I think since Windows 1.0a I have never seen Microsoft products seem so heterogeneous if you will.
Dashel, on 06 December 2012 - 20:16, said:
Oh, I'm quite clear on what they are saying. Its just a false argument since that isn't held against the iPad, the device in comparison. RT can do everything an iPad can do in an Enterprise setting, better in most cases, and a hundred things it can't. Except sync Music/Video
- on which I disagree with the OP as more of a consumer oriented block to adoption.
We don't necessarily disagree. It's just that in certain sectors, the Executive Branch are consumers.
And if as some assert, the Surface/RT is primarily a consumer device, then that will still be a nasty roadblock. I think it is consumer oriented only in it's lack of true Enterprise Computing features, but that is not a "requirement" for a tablet. The inclusion of full Office 2013 adds to its schizophrenic identity.