"Flawless execution by Microsoft on its Windows 8 Pro enterprise strategy for tablets could catapult it into a mobile computing leadership position," Shey says. The key word in his assessment is "could." Overall, it seems that many enterprise tablet deployments so far are done using corporate-owned, and -managed, devices rather than supporting employee-owned tablets, often called bring-your-own-device or BYOD. If a lot of enterprises adopt Windows 8 Pro as a tablet standard, it could lead to Microsoft becoming one of the leaders in the enterprise market. But whether Windows 8 is the only and exclusive tablet standard is another question.
The Windows RT firmware, supporting the Metro user interface and running on ARM-based CPUs, is Microsoft's "magic bullet," says ABI's mobile devices senior practice director Jeff Orr. "Windows RT represents Microsoft's first OS volley addressing future generations of computing devices while leaving much of the legacy Windows baggage behind," he says.
And Microsoft in June announced its own tablet product: Microsoft Surface, available for both Windows 8 and Windows RT. For enterprise users, there are pluses and minuses with the company's first branded mobile device.
John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for Network World.
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