May 06, 2012, 7:15 AM —
There is an interesting post from the Microsoft Windows team on the Windows On ARM (WOA) version of Windows 8 that was recently renamed Windows RT-which reminded me why I'll never do Microsoft naming again. Windows RT is targeted directly at the iPad users who are bringing that product into the enterprise today on a wave of trend we are alternatively calling consumerization of IT or Bring Your Own Device ( BYOD) because we evidently can't come to a consensus on just one term.
For the last couple of cycles, IT has driven PC deployments in large business. Lately, iPads, and increasingly Apple PCs, have appeared to bypass IT of late, and Microsoft has mostly been missing out on this trend. However, the ARM version of Windows 8 could be a compelling offering that users are more likely to drive. IT will in turn prefer to create something that could move even more quickly than Apple's offerings recently have. Let's explore that.
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