Windows 8 business tablet coming from Dell

HP has already announced it plans to offer up a tablet device running Windows 8 that will be made specifically for business users with increased security features. Now HP's biggest rival Dell has announced it will also offer a similar business tablet that will run on Windows 8.

Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell, speaking to Bloomberg, said of the upcoming business tablet, "Having a secure Windows tablet that works with all the Windows applications -- we’re hearing a lot of demand for that and we think that will be quite attractive."

In addition, Amit Midha, president of Dell’s Asia division, said today that Dell wants to “lead the market” in selling Windows 8-based tablets but also said that the company will still sell tablets that will run on Google's Android OS. He added, "Both the tablet and the smartphone form factors you’ll see us participating in, but the tablet side is a much higher priority for us."

As expected, Dell plans to sell some kind of Windows 8-based products, including of course PCs, as soon as Microsoft officially launches the OS, with Michael Dell saying, "We’ll be there right on the very first day that Windows 8 is available."

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Dear Dell,

Please, please, please don't make it a big heavy fugly thing. Please look at the Asus Transformer Prime and give us something akin to that. Please make the screen detachable from the keyboard so that it takes on a form factor as close to the iPad as you can possibly make it. Put all but a few ports on the keyboard section with secondary battery and optical drives.

That's what business people (ok, I) want to take into meetings and carry around.

spc1972 said,
Dear Dell,

Please, please, please don't make it a big heavy fugly thing. Please look at the Asus Transformer Prime and give us something akin to that. Please make the screen detachable from the keyboard so that it takes on a form factor as close to the iPad as you can possibly make it. Put all but a few ports on the keyboard section with secondary battery and optical drives.

That's what business people (ok, I) want to take into meetings and carry around.

Most business people don't care for a tablet nor would they be much use in a meeting. Business tablets have extremely niche uses.

What you suggested sounds great, though, and I'd definitely buy one were they to make one. Samsung already has 90% of puzzle done, but they seem to have forgotten to make a keyboard dock for their Series 7 Slate. It's got a docking port but no keyboard dock. It has a desk dock which is honestly a little stupid. Who wants to use an ultrabook-class machine on a desk?

No thanks Dell. You stiffed me on the DJ and you've stiffed me with the Venue Pro (which I do love). I'm just not interested in investig in Dell products if they continue to treat those products like experiments that they wanna dabble in then drop them.

If Dell decides to make a second gen Venur Pro I'll give it a second though but it looks like Nokia will be my next provider for smartphones and tablets.

NPGMBR said,
No thanks Dell. You stiffed me on the DJ and you've stiffed me with the Venue Pro (which I do love). I'm just not interested in investig in Dell products if they continue to treat those products like experiments that they wanna dabble in then drop them.

If Dell decides to make a second gen Venur Pro I'll give it a second though but it looks like Nokia will be my next provider for smartphones and tablets.

While the non-functioning compass is a little annoying I've found that it works perfectly fine without it. There aren't really any apps that make good use of it. At least none that I've seen. I've had no other problems with my DVP.

So..looks like the Metro based Start screen is already moving into the enterprise. Or all these haters from last weeks think DELL and all others OEMs don't have enterprise clients ready to adopt their wares?

Ricardo Dawkins said,
So..looks like the Metro based Start screen is already moving into the enterprise. Or all these haters from last weeks think DELL and all others OEMs don't have enterprise clients ready to adopt their wares?

Haters talk from their own perspective, cant see past their own nose.

Ricardo Dawkins said,
So..looks like the Metro based Start screen is already moving into the enterprise. Or all these haters from last weeks think DELL and all others OEMs don't have enterprise clients ready to adopt their wares?

Haters gonna hate. Windows, Office, and Exchange alone has more users locked in to their ecosystem than any other ecosystem.

I wonder why they never released the Latitude XT3 in the U.S. They released it in Australia and it seems to have some of the best features of the latest convertible tablets, other than N-trig screen.

mrp04 said,
I wonder why they never released the Latitude XT3 in the U.S. They released it in Australia and it seems to have some of the best features of the latest convertible tablets, other than N-trig screen.

doesn't hold a candle to the T901

primexx said,

doesn't hold a candle to the T901

Those seem pretty nice, too. Unfortunately they seem impossible to find for a good deal or refurbished. Dell sells refurbs of their systems for a good price. Since the latitude tablets are business systems, they're very overpriced compared to consumer machines. Refurbs are priced around the price of refurbished consumer machines which makes them very affordable.

Hopefully a few other companies will jump in. Both HP and Dell have left bad tastes in my mouth from past experiences. Samsung or Toshiba would be nice.

ILikeTobacco said,
Hopefully a few other companies will jump in. Both HP and Dell have left bad tastes in my mouth from past experiences. Samsung or Toshiba would be nice.

The 7 Series slate is already a great tablet for business/school.

ILikeTobacco said,
Hopefully a few other companies will jump in. Both HP and Dell have left bad tastes in my mouth from past experiences. Samsung or Toshiba would be nice.

Really? Dell is pretty awesome I think, especially their support services.

FalseAgent said,

Really? Dell is pretty awesome I think, especially their support services.

I just had to many problems with them over the years and I see more and more people having issues with there's frying themselves. Seen to many desktop models with poor air management in them. Also had 2 different laptops from Dell that had the solder crack on the motherboards from normal usage and another friend with the same issue. As with anything, some people don't have any luck with certain brands. I wouldn't care if it happened once because they do have good support services, but good support services implies you have to use them at all. Never had to call CS for Samsungs or Toshibas.

ILikeTobacco said,

I just had to many problems with them over the years...

Yeah I have heard this from the crowd that shouts (not that you did) but I personally have never gotten a bad anything from Dell. And as I read this I just wrote in another blog that I just bought another 30" monitor from them. I really think that their computers, printers, monitors etc., are great.

Croc Ography said,

Yeah I have heard this from the crowd that shouts (not that you did) but I personally have never gotten a bad anything from Dell. And as I read this I just wrote in another blog that I just bought another 30" monitor from them. I really think that their computers, printers, monitors etc., are great.

You will always only hear about that because if the product works, that isn't something special, that should be the norm and you won't find people complaining about it. Nature of the beast.