Microsoft wants businesses to pick the best Windows 8/RT tablet

Ever since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT, Microsoft and several third party PC makers have released a number of tablets running either one or the other operating system. As a result, businesses who might be wanting to purchase new tablets may be confused as to which one to buy.

Microsoft's Windows Business blog posted up a recent entry that attempts to help out in this area. In terms of hardware, there are three basic categories to choose from. One uses Windows RT with the ARM-based processor like the Surface tablet. The second uses Intel's new "Clover Trail" Atom processor running on Windows 8. Finally, there are the tablets that run Windows 8 as well, but use the more powerful Intel Core chips.

As with all of these kinds of situations, businesses must look for the features they want most in a tablet before they buy one. If a businesses wants its employees to be on the go all the time, they may want a Windows RT or an Intel Atom-Windows 8 tablet that has longer battery life. For businesses that will be using their tablets a lot for high end tasks, such as using g large spreadsheets, a Windows 8 tablet with an Intel Core processor might be better.

There are other factors to consider as well, such as fast access to corporate accounts. In this case, a Windows 8 Intel tablet is the right choice. If you want an "Always On" connection, then a Windows RT tablet or a Windows 8 product with an Intel Atom processor might be better.

Source: Windows Business blog | Image via Lenovo

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As someone who works in this area (BYOD, VDI, consumerization of IT) I can tell you these devices are seeing some uptake, which is interesting given how close to release some of these are. Tablets and Windows To Go devices, paired with DirectAccess, VPN, or even published desktops via Citrix or Microsoft RDVH are actually good opportunities to consider RT devices (which are fairly cheap), and alleviates some of the issues with BYOD policies while still allowing some local use (Office, SkyDrive, modern/metro apps) and still having enough remote management (InTune, EAS policies, device encryption) to satisfy security needs. While some folks simply deride it because it's different, others are doing some investigation and finding these things do have a place in the workplace under certain circumstances.

I cant imagine any business with intensive data entry and/or the need to have two windows open at the same time, i.e., two Excel spreadsheets open at the same time, really having the need or interest in tablets. They may be fine as an secondary or auxiliary computer; but certainly not as a primary computer connected to an office network. Thank you, we'll be sticking with laptops and desktops running Windows-7.