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Lenovo is using Windows 8 Pro for its new ThinkPad Helix instead

Lenovo chose to use Windows 8 Pro for its new hybrid notebook/tablet because it believes businesses don't want Windows RT

Lenovo Think PC and visual category manager Simon Kent said Windows 8 Pro was the obvious choice for its new hybrid notebook/tablet -- the ThinkPad Helix -- because businesses want the full Windows 8 experience instead of the sliced and diced OS that is Windows RT.

"We don't believe that Windows RT is what businesses want," Kent said. "This is particularly true for a premium product such as Helix, which gives you the performance and capability of a full Ultrabook as well as a business tablet."

"Even Microsoft has started to review the RT path they have gone down."

Kent described the ThinkPad Helix as an Ultrabook first and a tablet second, where businesses can use it as a hard-working, performance tool or just a vehicle for content consumption -- whether they're at a desk or on-the-go. 

Windows RT has been a huge disappointment for hardware makers. Companies like Dell and Lenovo have recently slashed the prices of their RT-powered devices because they can't seem to clear their inventory. For instance, Lenovo offered a seven-day deal last month where its IdeaPad Yoga 11 was available for just $599 -- down from the original $799 price. Amazon sells the model for just $499.

The Dell XPS 10 tablet with Windows RT, which launched at $500 for the 32GB, is now $450. The 64GB model launched at $599 and is now $499. 

Neil Hand, head of Dell's tablet and high-end PC business, even told CNET that demand for the XPS 10 tablet was a disappointment. 

"Demand is not where I would like it to be at this point in time," said Hand. "The amount of market information about it is not good enough, and the market sentiment is still pretty negative."

Despite criticism of Windows RT, Microsoft has been defending its baby and denying rumors that it will die off. However, a Bloomberg source anonymously revealed that Microsoft has sold 1.5 million Surface tablets as of March. More specifically, the company had sold a little over a million Surface with Windows RT tablets and about 400,000 Surface with Windows Pro tablets.

Source: PC World

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MS already said RT is for consumers, not businesses
By Pirks on 5/1/2013 1:34:02 PM , Rating: 1
So Tiffany is just playing Captain Obvious here

By retrospooty on 5/1/2013 2:04:31 PM , Rating: 2
What strikes me is that Lenovo said it. Duh, as a major OEM you know that businesses need full on x86 Windows, no exceptions.

Anyhow, on that, I played with a Surface pro the other day for about 10 mins. Sweet machine, I really wanted one after playing with it in person. Reading specs and reviews I was thinking "its just OK", but seeing, holding and using it in person made me really want one - as opposed to great specs but kind of crappy in person like many products... I was pleasantly surprised.

By Labotomizer on 5/1/2013 3:53:56 PM , Rating: 2
I'm on two weeks with my Surface Pro. For what I need it's the best electronics purchase I've made in a very long time. May not be for everyone, but if you want a small, light device and 5 hours of battery life is good enough for you then it's fantastic. Especially if you want to be able to use it for work and media consumption. It replaced and Ultrabook and an iPad and gives me more functionality than the two of them combined. One note with a pen while on a con call? Awesome. Shared OneNote over a WebEx for a whiteboard design session, or even to a TV or projector with the Surface on the table? Can't even begin to tell you how awesome it is.

I don't know that it would be a good for your average desk user, but our sales people and the other System Engineers around here all want it now.

By retrospooty on 5/1/2013 3:59:26 PM , Rating: 2
"our sales people and the other System Engineers around here all want it now."

I am guessing after they saw yours? Definitely impressive in person.

By Pirks on 5/1/2013 7:20:27 PM , Rating: 1
My wife badly wants one after I got it for myself. No. Way.

By retrospooty on 5/2/2013 10:26:03 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... The old "tablet in law". I have one of those myself. I got my Wife a Nook HD+ for $200 on sale and set it up with Cyanogenmod running Jellybean off the SD card. I was expecting it to be slow running from SD, but its actually running really well and now I want it. For $200 (it was a deal with a $70 gift card) she has a 9 inch tablet equal to the Kindle Fire HD+ with better res @ 1920x1280. Its an odd res, in between 16x10 and 4x3. Its really sharp. Great tablet for the price. Its no surface pro though, but at $200 its a sweet deal.

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