Given the popular BYOD trend taking hold in the enterprise, there will be continued demand for iPads and Android tablet use at work, and to a lesser extent, Windows 8 tablet use. If IT groups are going to buck the BYOD trend and issue Windows 8 tablets to employees, there are many factors, both good and bad, to consider.
Here are some quick Windows 8 tablet pros and cons, according to a recent Gartner webinar entitled "iPad and Beyond: iPad Competition Emerges."
Windows 8 tablet pros
- Windows 8 is Microsoft's first Windows operating system where multi-touch capability for tablets was baked into the OS from the ground up.
- Windows 8 will feature security enhancements such as Secure Boot, BitLocker and AppLocker to encrypt the device and prevent malware and the unauthorized use of apps and software.
- The ability to run Windows 7 and Vista legacy apps (this applies to Windows 8 Pro, not Windows RT)
- Alignment with Windows 8 PCs and Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Microsoft will be the only company to offer the same platform across the PC, tablet and phone. This will potentially make life easier for developers, IT professionals and business users.
Windows 8 tablet cons
- Windows 8 has received negative reviews from critics and bloggers which have triggered negative perceptions.
- The Windows App Store (roughly 4,000 Windows Store apps) does not have enough apps compared to the Apple iTunes store (700,000 apps) and Google Play Store (600,000 apps).
- The tile-based Windows 8 Start screen is confusing to users and there will be a learning curve to get employees up to speed on the radically different Windows 8 user interface.
- ARM-based Windows RT tablets lack the computing power and legacy app compatibility to be a stand-out enterprise tablet.