Survey: 32 percent of IT workers want Windows inside their next tablet

Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro tablet, running on Windows 8 Pro, has now been reviewed a few days before its launch on Saturday. Many believe that the product will be used more by businesses since it will be able to run both Windows 8 "Modern" apps as well as programs from older versions of Windows, unlike the current Surface RT tablet.

This week, Forrester Research released the results of a new survey that shows IT works really want a Windows-based tablet over that of an iPad or Android-based tablet. ReadWriteWeb reports that the survey results, which came from polling 9,766 IT workers, show that 32 percent of them want their next tablet to be based on Windows, versus 26 percent who want an iPad and a tiny 12 percent who want an Android tablet.

Forrester's report states:

For CIOs, there are three mandates that arise from this data: 1.) Apple and Android will be major suppliers to the enterprise. 2.) Microsoft has a fighting chance in tablets. 3.) The workplace of the future is multiplatform.

The news isn't as good for Microsoft in terms of smartphones. The survey shows that 10 percent of those workers want a Windows Phone as their next smartphone, compared to 33 percent who want an iPhone and 22 percent who want an Android-based phone.

Source: ReadWriteWeb

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Agreed. It needs to be higher. I'm going to say it is. If it's not, something's wrong. I'm gonna need to examine their definition of "IT Workers".

These numbers mean nothing until Microsoft and OEM's release sale numbers. We heard from one OEM last week (Acer). Granted Acer doesn't do Windows 8 Tablets. So let those numbers speak for themselves.

Well consumers want that too. That is why the RT model was returned. Because when consumers see Windows, they expect it to be the Windows we are use to on the desktop. RT to me was a waste of time. It seems MS was answering a taunt that Windows cant run on ARM or something.

What they should have did was take Windows 8 and create a Service Pack for people who may want a touch device. That pack would place Metro UI on the tablet version and only those who have a tablet would download it. The Surface Pro would already have this update applied. But for those of us with regular laptops, we shpould have the install option of Windows 8, but with the Metro skin unless we buy a computer that is touch capable. Or we buy a screen that makes our presnet hardware such.

To force Metro onto people who cant even use it the way it was meant too, was bad judgment. Oh wait, that because Windows 8 was made by girls not guys.

TechieXP said,
Well consumers want that too. That is why the RT model was returned. Because when consumers see Windows, they expect it to be the Windows we are use to on the desktop. RT to me was a waste of time. It seems MS was answering a taunt that Windows cant run on ARM or something.

What they should have did was take Windows 8 and create a Service Pack for people who may want a touch device. That pack would place Metro UI on the tablet version and only those who have a tablet would download it. The Surface Pro would already have this update applied. But for those of us with regular laptops, we shpould have the install option of Windows 8, but with the Metro skin unless we buy a computer that is touch capable. Or we buy a screen that makes our presnet hardware such.

To force Metro onto people who cant even use it the way it was meant too, was bad judgment. Oh wait, that because Windows 8 was made by girls not guys.

Good God, the idiocy in this comment...

But the truth is ...what counts are the executives. If the executives preffer to have an iPad, it will filter down to the chain of commands, and an iPad will be implimented. anything othen than an iPad will not count. I know, seen it, supported and implemented them as well.

Microsoft has to change the perception of Surface device. Other words, get it right the next time because corporate executives perception of iPad is very high.

RommelS said,
But the truth is ...what counts are the executives. If the executives preffer to have an iPad, it will filter down to the chain of commands, and an iPad will be implimented. anything othen than an iPad will not count. I know, seen it, supported and implemented them as well.

This is true.
My whole director team use iPads now and we can't provision them fast enough for their subordinates.

I'd prefer Windows 8 on my tablet as well.

Hell, it's the only way I'd ever use the OS.

Familiarity is important to me; this is why I don't want to bother learning Linux (though I have used it in the past) despite my career choice.

Here's how the "business" thought process goes:

"I want a tablet based on Windows so I can run all my legacy software!"

*Given tablet that runs Windows."

"How the **** am I supposed to use this badly-designed, 15 year old software with a touchscreen? Dammit!"

lunarworks said,
"How the **** am I supposed to use this badly-designed, 15 year old software with a touchscreen? Dammit!"

By using the keyboard and mouse that you can attach. A business would have to be pretty silly to use the reasoning of backwards compatibility to buy a Surface Pro and then forget to get the keyboard and mouse.

I'm just explaining that a company that decides to get the Pro for backwards compatibility would have to be pretty silly to forget about a keyboard and mouse. At the end of the day I would probably advise my own company against getting them.

TechieXP said,
u cant forget the keyboard and mouse bec u have an onscreen keyboard and your fingers are always with you as a mouse.

The big fat sausage fingers of allot of people are no way near accurate enough to replace a mouse pointer.

What I find weird but nevertheless interesting is that a vast majority of these IT workers, therefore I assume computer knowledgeable, prefer iPhone, 33%, over Android, 22%, and WP, 10%.

Ah, but you've got to remember that working in IT is not the same as having an interest in IT. I go to the shop to buy a phone and I look for Android devices, but working in IT I know that it makes more sense for us to get our employees iPhones because we've tested it on our systems and it works.

Intrinsica said,
Ah, but you've got to remember that working in IT is not the same as having an interest in IT. I go to the shop to buy a phone and I look for Android devices, but working in IT I know that it makes more sense for us to get our employees iPhones because we've tested it on our systems and it works.
Our company only buys iPhone because the owners like them. We have 20 employees. The owners buy the IT staff and the Project Managers iPhones to conduct company business. That total is 1/2 the staff. The rest of us buy what we want and the most of us use Android. I work closely with IT, but I dont want an iPhone. I had one twice. I use a GN2. 2 of the iT guys hates the iPhone, but if you getting a phone for free where you dont have to pay the bill, then what can you really say.

But we also dont use Enterprise software that wuld force some companies to use Windows devices. We do use Windows Server products, but we dont use Exchange...we use Domino/Notes instead. So we can use any phone as Lotus has an application that syncs with the Domino server for both Android and iOS.

For a huge corp, not everyone who has a WIndows PC would even get Windows Tablet. Only important people including IT. Since IT is the ones who test apps and such, they know for a fact a Windows tablet will be less of an issue vs an iDevice of any kind. JUst because iDveices can use Exchange doesnt mean they are enterprise worthy...same for iPad.

I wouldn't say "just" 26%. That's only a 6 point margin.

What people really, really miss I suspect is Office, which at the moment is tied to Windows on tablets. Given how limited the tie-in between Windows 8 and Office 2013 is at this stage (I want my Outlook live tile now!! ) , I doubt Microsoft have got something comparable to Office for other tablets yet.

and this is something for MS to celebrate?

I wonder what %of IT workers have windows on their work PC in comparison?

bobbba said,
and this is something for MS to celebrate?

I wonder what %of IT workers have windows on their work PC in comparison?

What you dont seem to understand is very simple. If a corp decides to use Windows tablets, what does this have to do with the desktop? Most compnies that use APple hardware dont really have an IT dept...corps that use Windows do. So if your company has 10,000 employees, do you think all of them would get a tablet? NO...only the important people which would be executives, sales people, managers and similar and surely the IT guys. Everyone else will either buy their own or not have one.

So based on numbers....1.3Billion people have a Windows PC. 65% of that total is business users. So that means almost half say yes they want Windows 8 Pro tablets. Which means 30% of 650M people could potentially be a candidate for such a device....About 1/3 which is more than 200M people could potentially buy such a device over time with execs being first.

Oh and the US Gov has already signed a deal to get $500M dollars worth of Windows 8 devices/computers.

32% is almost as high as Apple and Android scored combined (26% and 12%). Considering only 2% report they're using Windows tablets now, vs 12% Apple and 5% Android, this is a huge potential gain. Microsoft could leapfrog both of them very soon.

Of course, if the numbers were reversed, showing 32% want an iPad or 32% want an Android tablet, you would go on with your usual that it is proof that Win8/Surface is a failure and iOS/Android is winning! But when it shows that the Apple/Android market has real competition, and people want Windows devices over the competition, then it is a joke, nothing to cheer about, blah, blah, blah.

My company is definitely embracing Windows tablets... Currently, there's 5 Surface RT tablets (in an office of about 50). Everyone likes them and they want the Pro.

I'll be honest, my company is having a real issue with our ipad deployment and keeping them on a standardized platform. We are seriously considering going to windows 8 tablets.

neufuse said,
what you want in corporations != what you get all the time

But it does mean that the IT personnel will recommend a Windows tablets to whoever writes the checks.

Yep, I'm down with that. As much as I like my Android tablet, I would prefer using windows to manage windows servers, rather than 2x client and a collection of half-assed apps that can't do everything I need when it comes to server shares, mmc, and security.

That being said, an RT tablet most likely wouldn't let me run things like putty, notepad++, or any software I need on a daily basis, so I guess I'm stuck and have to pony up the extra dough for a surface pro, or the equivalent from another OEM.

Oh wait, I have a laptop...

koppit said,
Oh wait, I have a laptop...

I laughed at that probably more than I should have. I know exactly where you're coming from there.

This makes sense if you think about the fact that a majority of companies already use Windows for their machines, so having a tablet running on Windows should cut down on hassles with compatibility.

Also, what did the other 30% vote for?

Question is which version of Windows ??

I guess rest of the people were confused ..

Windows Mobile ?? or may be Windows Phone... oh no, there is Windows RT, but then again its locked, then perhaps Windows 8 itself, but that's desktop right ??? and they lost the chance to reply or chose No tablet in frustration