Dell rolled out its new lineup of business-focused Windows 8 computers Wednesday, announcing that it would add two portable Latitude devices and a desktop OptiPlex to its offerings once the new Microsoft operating system is released.
While the announcement provided few technical details, Dell did say that the OptiPlex 9010 is a 23-inch all-in-one desktop, and highlighted its incorporation of touchscreen technology and flexible form factor as its chief selling points. The announcement comes less than 10 days after rival HP announced a set of four new all-in-ones designed for use with Windows 8.
[ Windows 8 is coming, and InfoWorld can help you get ready with the Windows 8 Deep Dive PDF special report, which explains Microsoft's bold new direction for Windows, the new Metro interface for tablet and desktop apps, the transition from Windows 7, and more. | Stay abreast of key Microsoft technologies in our Technology: Microsoft newsletter. ]
DELL, IN-DEPTH: Just what is Dell's cloud strategy?
Dell's new enterprise tablet is a 10-inch Latitude designed, the company said, with security and compatibility in mind. The Latitude 10 features a smartcard reader, fingerprint sensor and floor-to-ceiling encryption, along with cross compatibility with existing management consoles and productivity apps.
Finally, the Latitude 6430u Ultrabook is a dedicated road warrior's machine, packing enough battery power for "all-day productivity," according to Dell, into a package 16 percent lighter and 33 percent thinner than the current-generation 14-inch Latitude notebook. The company also claims that the device is designed to meet the U.S. military's MIL-STD-810G durability standards, which would make it tougher than the average ultra-portable. (It should be noted that Dell has not claimed that the Latitude 6430u has actually been tested to this standard, however.)
All three devices will be made available when Windows 8 is officially launched, said Dell, adding that information on pricing and regional sales would be released "when available." Microsoft recently confirmed that Windows 8 would see a general release Oct. 25.
Email Jon Gold at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter at @NWWJonGold.
Read more about data center in Network World's Data Center section.
This story, "Dell announces new Windows 8 lineup for businesses" was originally published by Network World.