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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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RE: Besides RT
By aliasfox on 5/2/2013 10:57:12 AM , Rating: 2
I've presented to many, many higher-ups (not even executives) that view presentations on ultralights (or ultrabooks now) or blackberries. These are people that don't do a whole lot of heavy lifting in their day-to-day role, but have to jump from meeting to meeting, often in different buildings.

A tablet that can natively view (and do basic editing of) Office apps that can tap into Outlook/Active Directory would be perfect for these people.

Not to mention anybody in business who flies - you can barely open a laptop comfortably in business class, and forget about most coach seats if you're carrying something larger than 13". If you're prepping for your next presentation in Word or Powerpoint or just catching up on replying to email, you don't need high horsepower nor do you have immense input needs.


RE: Besides RT
By retrospooty on 5/2/2013 12:40:26 PM , Rating: 2
Sure, it works for some, but not for most. Most companies have at least 1 (if not alot more) apps that everyone uses that only runs on an x86 Windows machine. Tablets are certainly good for alot of the "mobile professional" types while travelling ,but when they come back to the office, they still needs their x86 PC's. So, its a good addition, but not even close to a replacement.


RE: Besides RT
By Pirks on 5/2/2013 4:01:37 PM , Rating: 2
It is a perfect replacement if the tablet has x86 Atom with Windows 8 inside, ESPECIALLY if this Atom is Bay Trail. ARM doesn't get even close to Bay Trail in awesomeness as a tablet chip, IMHO. Learn the basics retro! Shame on you :)


RE: Besides RT
By retrospooty on 5/2/2013 6:11:16 PM , Rating: 2
"It is a perfect replacement if the tablet has x86 Atom with Windows 8 inside, ESPECIALLY if this Atom is Bay Trail. ARM doesn't get even close to Bay Trail in awesomeness as a tablet chip, IMHO. Learn the basics retro! Shame on you :)"

We are both making the same point. Someone above was asserting that tablets like IOS and Android will make big gains and replace PC's in the enterprise sector and I was saying, hell no they wont, not in the next decade if ever. It has to be x86 or its not going to happen.


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