Competition among tablets keeps growing and is pretty confusing. Most advisors, however, since they use a Windows operating system for work, would be wise to wait and watch for the Microsoft Surface Pro.
Apple’s iPad has, of course, dominated the tablet market, and sets the standard. But the field has suddenly become more crowded, which Google’s recent release of its Nexus 7 tablet, which starts at just $199 and has a 7”display. It is getting rave reviews. Then there are raft of other options, such as the Nook (Android), Samsung Galaxy (Android), and Asus Transformer Infinity 700 (Android). All these choices of operating systems, form factors, and processors are pretty confusing.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro sets itself apart by being the first tablet ever aimed at business users. Surface Pro will run on Windows 8, Microsoft’s new operating system that is scheduled to be released by October 26.
Windows 8 is expected to revolutionize Microsoft’s solutions because you can run Windows 8 on your desktop and phone as well as a tablet — one operating system and, thus, set of apps across all your computing devices.
While Microsoft’s operating systems are all widely criticized before they’re released, Windows 8 has brought Microsoft the most favorable pre-release press reviews in over two decades.
Microsoft has been slow to join the hardware and software revolutions led by Apple and joined by Google. That’s because it has so many more users on its software and its are more complex and powerful. But new releases by the lumbering giant in coming months are likely to fend off threats to Microsoft’s dominance among business users.