Doug Mashkuri started the topic What is the Future of Microsoft and the Tablet? Questions Answered in the forum Microsoft Productivity for Government 9 years, 2 months ago
I came across this very interesting post about Microsoft and tablet. The question of where Microsoft tablets are has been circling and Kent Cunningham, Applied Innovation Architect for the Microsoft Public Sector gives a great address to this topic.
A few months ago my daughter begged me to buy her a tablet PC. Of course I caved because tablets are small, sleek, and stylish, but mostly because my daughter can be very persuasive. Fast forward to the present and she’s begging to borrow my wife’s three year-old laptop. What happened?There’s been a lot of talk lately about how we’re in a post-PC era. Tablets have replaced the PC! But a PC is simply a device that allows you to perform personal computing tasks right? So…by that rationale the ideal tablet would come equipped with all of the functionality of today’s laptops in a cool new form factor. But we know this isn’t the current reality because there is an entire industry dedicated to dressing most of these devices up to act more like, well… laptops. I think I officially made this realization as I was holding my daughter’s slate computer in one hand, while meticulously and inefficiently typing with the other. One of the great original design features of the laptop is that the keyboard holds up the screen, which helps because humans seem to type best with two hands. And I’m not the only one that thinks this, because tablet accessories – from stands, to keyboards, to mice – are extremely popular amongst tablet owners. But when you’ve added a stand, a keyboard and a mouse to a tablet, you’ve potentially lost the portability, convenience, and cost savings that you paid for in the first place. It really comes down to how many devices we want to manage, carry around, and synchronize. Will the tablet replace our laptop or our phone? It remains to be seen, and the evolution of all three devices will be fascinating to watch over the next decade or so. But many of today’s tablets are based on mobile operating systems that simply can’t crunch numbers, produce complex documents or play high-definition video while simultaneously checking email…which are things that we currently take for granted. And the form factor isn’t replacing our smartphones. So tablet owners are often “3 device people”, and if slate computers met their personal computing needs, why would they need the other two? Come to think of it, these are exactly the same reasons that I no longer use my 18 month old netbook (sounds like it’s time for a yard sale at my house).Last week Government Computer News ran a story entitled “Where is the Microsoft Tablet?.” It’s an interesting piece because we’ve never been in PC business. As a technology company we have focused on providing today’s mobile workforce, particularly in government, with enterprise-grade functionality, security, and reliability, regardless of device. And in an age of shrinking budgets and dwindling resources, governments need technology solutions that will ultimately deliver more for less. So the question becomes, how does adding a third device to the user’s existing arsenal of PC and phone accomplish that goal – especially if that device ultimately requires a bunch of expensive add-ons for data creation, encryption, manageability, and secure remote access?New devices, user interfaces, and attractive form factors are certainly encouraging the market to evolve, and this is fabulous for all of us. However, when I buy a car I expect it to come with good tires, a roof, a windshield, and safety belts so that I can safely drive it on any road and in any weather. Otherwise, I’ll have a lot of upgrading to do, or perhaps even have to (gasp) buy a second car. Does this sound familiar?We don’t want to enter the tablet game with nothing more than a giant Windows Phone on a 10-inch screen, and our customers don’t want that. We have a wealth of OEM providers today with touch screens, convertible tablets, and slates that are absolutely fabulous, and these are managed just like any other PC on the agency network from a security perspective. At the same time, you will see us working with our hardware partners to continually innovate on these platforms in engaging ways that reduce total cost of ownership and increase operational simplicity. We believe that users want tools that can help them accomplish their goals of both content consumption and content creation on a single, low-cost device that can be pulled from their backpack. The excitement in the industry is fantastic, but it’s also increasingly important to remember the end goal here – a device that combines great convenience with great functionality, for both work and play. Innovative hardware is about providing efficient and seamless access to great software. My daughter helped me relearn this the hard way, and even I didn’t learn overnight.
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