When it comes to post-PC computing, Apple's iPad has taken a commanding lead in the enterprise. However, will the security, networking and management features of Microsoft's Windows 8, slated for release next month, help Microsoft tablets take a bite out of Apple in the enterprise?
Most of the attention on Windows 8 and Windows RT has involved consumer features and the Metro UI. But the Windows 8 Pro version offers security and virtualization features tailor-made for IT organizations.
Both Microsoft and industry analysts discourage businesses using Windows XP from skipping Windows 7. The key reason: XP support is likely to expire before Windows 8 is ready for deployment. Research firm Gartner provides guidance for XP holdouts.
Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface RT and other Windows Tablets
Microsoft Surface Pro, the Windows 8 ultrabook designed and built by Microsoft, goes on sale Feb. 9, joining its sister device Surface RT. Here's a look at what it has to offer.
Microsoft's scarcity of 128GB Surface Pro devices in retail has frustrated shoppers and drawn accusations of a publicity stunt. It's a shame because people want to buy the Surface Pro, if only Microsoft would let them.
Microsoft made big bets on Windows 8, Windows Phone and Surface tablets in 2012, and now it needs to make those bets pay off. As more consumers and businesses go mobile, 2013 will be Microsoft's most challenging year yet.