Microsoft to help Japanese company move 30,000 Windows XP users to Windows 8 tablets

 

Nearly eight months from today, Microsoft will cut off support for Windows XP, which currently is used by over 37 percent of all PCs, according to Net Applications. Microsoft's current goal is to get that Windows XP percentage down to below 10 percent before support ends on April 8th, 2014.

Microsoft is taking a pro-active approach to reaching its goal by helping large businesses that are still using Windows XP make the transition to its newer operating systems. Today, Microsoft announced it is assisting a large insurance Japanese company, Meiji Yasuda, to switch from using Windows XP PCs to custom made Windows 8 tablets from Fujitsu.

The move will affect 30,000 people when the switch begins in September. Microsoft says:

Previously, the sales team prepared proposals on their Windows XP-based PCs and then printed them out in order to share with customers. Using the Windows 8 tablets, their sales efforts will be more efficient and the customer experience will be greatly improved. The company also expects to process contracts more quickly, while ensuring customer security is protected and eliminating the need for printed documentation altogether.

Even though the company will soon be using Windows 8 tablets, Meiji Yasuda's custom Windows XP applications will still be compatible with their new Fujitsu products, while also adding features such as signing documents electronically via a stylus as part of going all digital in their documents.

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Those that have advanced past their 16 it past generally use web based input systems as well.

It's all about presentation and inputting information and a known list of values. Most people could probably have done what they do on their own computers and tablets at home, and more and more insurance companies lets you do just that.

I feel sorry for the web/graphics/CAD designers who now have to go from a 27" display to a 10" one (and who have to try to live without a physical keyboard and mouse - initially). They'd think switching to tablets is a joke.

They're better of getting Windows 8 desktops. Tablets just aren't desktop replacements, and never will be (unless your in Microsoft's "reality distortion field").

Edited by 68k, Aug 8 2013, 1:53am :

68k said,
They're better of getting Windows 8 desktops. Tablets just aren't desktop replacements, and never will be (unless your in Microsoft's "reality distortion field").

The same was said of laptops at one point, yet many people use them as such.

68k said,
I feel sorry for the web/graphics/CAD designers who now have to go from a 27" display to a 10" one (and who have to try to live without a physical keyboard and mouse - initially). They'd think switching to tablets is a joke.

They're better of getting Windows 8 desktops. Tablets just aren't desktop replacements, and never will be (unless your in Microsoft's "reality distortion field").

Do you HONESTLY think they're moving ANYONE from a 27" 2560x1440 screen to a 10" screen? These tablets can be plugged into external screens, keyboards, and mice. Do people not know Windows 8 tablets can do this?

And anyone who needs a powerful computer will still get a powerful computer. Just as most business employees nowadays have laptops but others also have workstations on their desk if their work requires it. The CPUs in these tablets are probably more powerful than what is in their ancient XP computers anyways.

Stop being so dense just because you dislike Windows 8.

mrp04 said,

Do you HONESTLY think they're moving ANYONE from a 27" 2560x1440 screen to a 10" screen? These tablets can be plugged into external screens, keyboards, and mice. Do people not know Windows 8 tablets can do this?

And anyone who needs a powerful computer will still get a powerful computer. Just as most business employees nowadays have laptops but others also have workstations on their desk if their work requires it. The CPUs in these tablets are probably more powerful than what is in their ancient XP computers anyways.

Stop being so dense just because you dislike Windows 8.

Where did I say I dislike Windows 8? Forcing people to use tablets (just because Jobs said they're the future, and Microsoft missed the plot with iPhone and now want everyone to use a tablet) is what I'm against.

What if you need a CAD workstation level graphics card? A tablet won't support that. I'm meaning Nvidia Quadros that cost $500+ each. For complex modelling, people NEED them. Intergrated graphics won't do.

What I am trying to say is that there still is a need for desktops. By the way, I use an iPad occasionally myself! Great device.

Edited by 68k, Aug 8 2013, 8:06am :

68k said,
I feel sorry for the web/graphics/CAD designers who now have to go from a 27" display to a 10" one (and who have to try to live without a physical keyboard and mouse - initially). They'd think switching to tablets is a joke.

They're better of getting Windows 8 desktops. Tablets just aren't desktop replacements, and never will be (unless your in Microsoft's "reality distortion field").

I guess you misread insurance company as design and architect c

68k said,
I feel sorry for the web/graphics/CAD designers who now have to go from a 27" display to a 10" one (and who have to try to live without a physical keyboard and mouse - initially). They'd think switching to tablets is a joke.

They're better of getting Windows 8 desktops. Tablets just aren't desktop replacements, and never will be (unless your in Microsoft's "reality distortion field").

I guess you misread insurance company as design and architect company. Easy mistake to make...

68K... It's the Sales people that get tablets. The most powerful app needs to be a PowerPoint app. everything else is pushed and processed on a server. I am in charge of IT for an insurance company, so I know a little about this industry. They're dinosaurs when it comes to in-house applications. to run their 16-but type of app (which most likely is some emulation), a VM (like Citrix or VMware) installed on the tablet will do the job

so wait, its custom win 8 will able to run existing 16-bits era program that can be run on custom winXP ?

surely business here would love that too. Backward Compatibility something that frowned by Apple-envy hiveminds.

Torolol said,
so wait, its custom win 8 will able to run existing 16-bits era program that can be run on custom winXP ?

16 bit programs pre-date XP, but yes Win8 can run 16 bit applications if you're using the x86 version of the OS. (No 64 bit version of Windows ever supported 16 bit applications.) Just need to enable 16 bit support. Something that old should be upgraded by now though.. that's seriously old software.

Edited by Max Norris, Aug 8 2013, 1:56am :

Torolol said,
so wait, its custom win 8 will able to run existing 16-bits era program that can be run on custom winXP ?

surely business here would love that too. Backward Compatibility something that frowned by Apple-envy hiveminds.

What company is still running 16 bit **** on new machines?

Dot Matrix said,

What company is still running 16 bit **** on new machines?

They still bring in the money, don't they?

Crimson Rain said,
Everything is fine but why custom tablet? Why not surface pro?

Special needs? Fujitsu won the contract for the company? Hard to say.

Major_Plonquer said,
Because it's made in Japan? Surface is made in China.

Don't most companies at the very least get parts made in China? I'd imagine its more due to Fujitsu having more flexibility in their offerings than Microsoft, specs and/or price, perhaps even support since its be a major account.

TsarNikky said,
Apparently not. Or, at best, only a minimal amount of text.

Its possible that the data entry is done elsewhere, and hy someone else. Also, there's always reusing their USB keyboards and mouse/trackpad, maybe even stylus.

If you knew anything about Asian languages, you'd know that a stylus is FAR better for entering characters that a QWERTY keyboard.. To use a keyboard Asian users have to effectively learn a foreign language. With a stylus they just write in their native language.

Major_Plonquer said,
If you knew anything about Asian languages, you'd know that a stylus is FAR better for entering characters that a QWERTY keyboard.. To use a keyboard Asian users have to effectively learn a foreign language. With a stylus they just write in their native language.

Yea, okay. I guess that's why no one has been using computers in Asia all these decades.

Major_Plonquer said,
If you knew anything about Asian languages, you'd know that a stylus is FAR better for entering characters that a QWERTY keyboard.. To use a keyboard Asian users have to effectively learn a foreign language. With a stylus they just write in their native language.

You don't know what the hell you are talking about.

Major_Plonquer said,
If you knew anything about Asian languages, you'd know that a stylus is FAR better for entering characters that a QWERTY keyboard.. To use a keyboard Asian users have to effectively learn a foreign language. With a stylus they just write in their native language.

I don't know about other ones, but Japanese is fine with a keyboard. Granted, Japanese is actually relatively simple, plus many Japanese are taught English ins school, plus use English letters to romanize Japanese words.

Kanji might need predictive type, but katakana and hiragana are cake

Spicoli said,
Windows 8 is fine but a tablet? Don't these people have to enter data on their job?

Windows 8 tablets have the ability to be plugged into external monitors, keyboards, and mice. Enterprise tablets even have docking stations just like enterprise laptops where you can just plop it into the dock and your desk equipment is all automatically connected. Many business users use their computer for web browser, excel, and other things that don't require powerful CPUs. Heck these CPUs are probably faster than the ones in the ancient computers still running XP.

I really need to get a new Windows tablet soon.. the one XP holdout in the house is an old tablet stuck with XP TE due to the hardware, can't wait to put it to rest for good.

Max Norris said,
I really need to get a new Windows tablet soon.. the one XP holdout in the house is an old tablet stuck with XP TE due to the hardware, can't wait to put it to rest for good.

What is it? I still have an ancient Toshiba M400 and it runs 8.1 with no issues. When I upgraded to Vista I installed 4GB of RAM though.

Fritzly said,
What is it? I still have an ancient Toshiba M400 and it runs 8.1 with no issues. When I upgraded to Vista I installed 4GB of RAM though.

Old as dirt, one of the first UMPC's, Samsung Q1. The original one, not the improved one with the keyboard buttons on the sides. Had 7 on it for a while, touch kinda sorta works but horribly inaccurate and can't calibrate it (no official drivers, company that made the panel is gone), sound doesn't work, a few other bits of the custom hardware doesn't work, etc. (Eh got it cheap.) Got 7 and 8 going on some other dinosaurs, more or less just as fast as XP, but this thing is essentially a brick, both in functionality and weight lol.. probably pick up a Surface Pro or similar later this year, XMas present to myself.

Dot Matrix said,
FTW! I guess you can use the Start Screen in business after all...
Windows 8 is wonderful on the phone and tablet. On the other hand, it's garbage on the desktop.

JHBrown said,
Windows 8 is wonderful on the phone and tablet. On the other hand, it's garbage on the desktop.

Why is it garbage?

ians18 said,

Why is it garbage?

Wrong choice of words. Its utter nonsense in the business arena. We have over 100 contractors who feel the same. As far as its use in the home, that's another argument. We are loving Microsofts tablet though around the office.

Perhaps "garbage" is not the best word to use. "Inappropriate" might be more like it. It is acknowledged that Windows-8 was designed with tablets in mind, with usage by laptops and desktops as an afterthought.

TsarNikky said,
Perhaps "garbage" is not the best word to use. "Inappropriate" might be more like it. It is acknowledged that Windows-8 was designed with tablets in mind, with usage by laptops and desktops as an afterthought.
Thanks Tsar! That's more like it.

JHBrown said,
Wrong choice of words. Its utter nonsense in the business arena. We have over 100 contractors who feel the same. As far as its use in the home, that's another argument. We are loving Microsofts tablet though around the office.


How does a full screen well organized start screen affect your ability to launch desktop apps over a disorganized mess of a scroll of eternity start menu ?

Ad why can't they, if its such a big problem, install any of the many many start menu programs...

Nice. I hope they're not Atom tablets, and they've got a reasonable docking setup. They really need to do more of this, really.

CygnusOrion said,
Inflicting Windows 8 on poor employees. They'll all buy iMacs in a year. )))

Because in the REAL WORLD every one uses Macs. iWorks is the number one choice amongst professionals /s

Major_Plonquer said,
Mac still hasn't reached 2%. Pretty pathetic for a computer that's been on the market for 29 years.

Profitability matters too, which Apple is. I'd rather them stay relatively niche but with a good product than be like too many Windows OEMs which have better marketshare but make garbage. Of course, I'm hoping the shrinking PC market will kill off those parasites...

Major_Plonquer said,
Mac still hasn't reached 2%. Pretty pathetic for a computer that's been on the market for 29 years.
Percent of users has nothing to do with success. Apples products are a niche and they are raking in the dinero.

Because you never live outside of Developed Western World where most professionals you know uses mac. FYI, iWorks is never the number one choice among professionals. You just need a few time outside your geographic time zone to realize how small your world is

Boyejo said,
Because you never live outside of Developed Western World where most professionals you know uses mac. FYI, iWorks is never the number one choice among professionals. You just need a few time outside your geographic time zone to realize how small your world is

You may have missed some sarcasm there!