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One of the most common questions we hear regarding tablets is, “Do you see any business applications for them?” As I have written on many occasions, the answer has always been, “yeah, some.”
It’s getting ugly out there and it’s going to get a lot uglier. Microsoft, Apple, and Google are openly bashing their competitors in the tablet market. It’s well known that 2013 growth depends on tablet sales so the stakes are extremely high. Apple has the obvious advantage of being first in the new space, but the next steps won’t be so obvious. Apple generally ignores the cries of the business community and sticks to its consumer roots. This leaves a hole for Microsoft and Google to fill. Google often tries to straddle both worlds and comes off unfocused.
If you’ve spoken with the Promethius technical crew lately about the pending Windows 8 release later this month, you might have noticed some shrugs and a few scrunched faces. It’s kind of hard to disguise our apathy about the product. Maybe it is because we’ve been burned before (e.g. Windows Millennium, Windows Vista, etc.) or maybe it’s because Windows 7 has been such a refreshing, care-free success that we’re just not excited about this new release. It’s not as if there is nothing good to say about it, so I will, but I’d prefer to not have to.
It’s time that we had that difficult conversation about your old computer operating system. I understand that you’ve grown attached to it but it really is time to consider parting ways. Microsoft has the opinion that you should be using Windows 7 now and Windows 8 in just a few months. We know their motivations for wanting you to make the upgrade, but what are yours for sticking with Windows XP, or even Windows Vista?
I’ve been reluctant to pop the seal on this article. I don’t want anyone to mistake this article for an endorsement of Windows 8 or as encouragement to run out and purchase a bunch of upgrades the moment it is released. Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system is currently in beta testing, or “Consumer Preview” in Microsoft’s vernacular. So what is new?
I would like to once again thank everyone who joined me for our “Windows 7: Should You Make the Switch?” seminar. It was a small group that covered a broad range of industries and LAN/WAN setups. We were represented by folks in the healthcare, insurance, engineering, not-for-profit and construction fields. We had representatives of computer networks ranging in size from one to fifty users.