Since the introduction of the Apple iPad I’ve been advocating tablets as a great asset for businesses, bringing portability and functionality to everyone. Not everyone agreed and in part that was because the vast majority of businesses run Microsoft Windows infrastructure and they were reluctant to start supporting another operating system.
The introduction of a range of Android based tablets also didn’t change the landscape all that much, it really just gave consumers some options for those that enjoy the Android operating system.
Today however Microsoft, has FINALLY, got themselves in the game with the launch of the Microsoft Surface a Windows 8 Tablet that is going to change everything or in the words of Microsoft “A tablet that’s a great PC, a PC that’s a great tablet. A new kind of computing.”
Microsoft is launching two models the entry level model runs Windows RT, it s 676 grams, 9.3mm thick and includes microSD, USB 2.0 HD Video, WiFi and either 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage.. While the Windows 8 Pro is slightly heavier at 903 grams and 13.5mm in thickness this unit can be configured with 64GB or 128GB of built-in storage.
Perhaps the biggest selling feature for many businesses is that it runs Windows 8, so at least in theory the device should interconnect with existing windows networks seamlessly not to mention MS Office applicants on the surface.
Oh and if you were wondering about covers, Microsoft has thought of that as well with the introduction of the Touch Cover. It is about 3mm thin and includes a built in keyboard and while you may not need to use a keyboard every day times do exist when it would make life easier and it’s right there as part of the cover. Local pricing and release details are not yet known, we will provide more information as it comes to hand.
Will you be getting a Microsoft Surface?
Jason realised his passions for customer ser- vice excellence and employee engagement in his early teens when starting his first busi- ness retailing information, communication and technology products and services. Over the following 15 years, he has applied these passions to the banking, financial, retail, tech- nology and government sectors actualising significant revenue growth, increases in client satisfaction and employee engagement.
Jason believes in challenging the status quo, inspiring employees, transforming teams and delivering results. His process reengineering, communication, change management and leadership skills are all enablers to delivering today and in the future.