Dell sticks with Windows 8 for business tablets

Dell plans to roll out more Windows 8 products later this year despite sluggish uptake of the operating system

Demand for Windows 8 may be sluggish, but Dell still believes it's the best operating system for business tablets and plans to roll out more Windows 8-based products later this year, according to a senior executive at the computer maker.

"Our Windows tablets are more secure and easier to manage than Android-based products and iOS-based products [because Windows is] on our tablets," said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman and president of global operations at Dell. "And we are not going to change that."

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Windows-based devices accounted for just 4.5 percent of tablet sales in this year's second quarter, according to research firm IDC. In comparison, Android-based devices had 62.6 percent of the tablet market and Apple's iPad had 32.5 percent.

The slow adoption of Windows 8 tablets is partly due to their high prices, and to the operating system's lack of mobile apps, analysts say. Windows 8 has also received mixed reviews, with some people citing its lack of a Start button in the desktop mode as a major problem.

But Dell expects demand for Windows 8 devices to pick up with the availability of Windows 8.1, which Microsoft will release in October.

This version of this story was originally published in Computerworld's print edition. It was adapted from an article that appeared earlier on Computerworld.com.

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