With post-PC era comes real OS competition

Thanks to SaaS and Web apps, corporate users like United Airlines may feel less locked-in

By , Computerworld |  Software

Will there be a cost involved in moving OS platforms? "There is none from our platform perspective," said John Marshall, the CEO of Airwatch. The only cost would be related to any training on the actual hardware device itself, he said.

Marshall said it would not be a huge jump to move from iPad to Windows. On a technical side, in many cases, "IT prefers a Microsoft architecture because that's what they have," he said, but Apple "has the user experience heads and tails above" some of the others."

With its launch of Windows 8, Microsoft joins the battle and counter it's the slump in PC sales with a new strategy that will take it more aggressively into tablets. There weren't any bold predictions made at the Gartner conference about how Microsoft or anyone else will fare as users, such as United, investigate their options.

See more Computerworld Windows 8 launch coverage including news, reviews and blogs.

Patrick Thibodeau covers cloud computing and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @DCgov or subscribe to Patrick's RSS feed. His e-mail address is pthibodeau@computerworld.com.

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