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Tablet Market May be Shifting; “Convertible” Tablets Rising in Popularity

By June 28, 2013May 11th, 2021Blog

Internet securityMarket analysts and talking heads have been predicting a paradigm shift in the world of computing – that the era of laptop computing would soon abdicate to the new, exciting world of tablet PCs, but Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appears to be unconvinced. At the Microsoft Build Developer Conference on Wednesday, he criticized the “tablets-only” ideal:

“How many of us have gone to a meeting with someone who brought a tablet, and then when it comes time to actually take notes, writes them down on pencil and paper… or can’t get at the spreadsheet… or try to use it in terminal emulator mode… or take [a long time] to set up and turn their tablet into something that approximates a PC.”

The solution, Ballmer proposes, is a hybrid or “convertible”: a machine which can act as either a tablet or a laptop, e.g. by separating keyboard and screen. As an example, he brought forth the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, which he claimed to be both a “powerful PC” and a “powerful, capable… tablet”. Microsoft’s Surface, with its physical keyboard, is another striking example of this concept coming to life in yet another product.

Microsoft appears to be banking hard on the 2-in-1 paradigm, with several upcoming machines being designed to take advantage of Windows 8.1′s features. Is your tablet PC all that it’s cracked up to be? Does it improve your work flow, or hinder it?

While your tablet comes in handy when you’re out of shoulder room, as a business owner, you may want to consider which will work better for you and your employees, and exploring options may be beneficial. In addition, while Ballmer made no indication that he was planning on pulling Windows out of the tablet market, you may want to keep an eye out for more “convertible” options coming from Microsoft in the coming months.

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.