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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 retrospooty on 5/2/2013 12:55:05 PM , Rating: 2
What I mean is that the software wont exist, even when tablets catch up in horsepwer. Not for the most part. I dont mean MS office compatible apps, or light web based apps, I am talking the meat and potatoes that businesses run off of. For example, a manufacturing company... There is specialized software for each area of the business. Planning, purchasing, inbound logistics, warehousing, shop floor, shipping, accounting, reverse logistics, CRM software etc etc... Each area has software written and specialized for its use. Even if tablets could run it horsepower-wise (much of which they already could) no-one is making the software and no-one likely will, at least not for a long long time.


RE: Besides RT
By Pirks on 5/2/2013 5:06:22 PM , Rating: 1
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Planning, purchasing, inbound logistics, warehousing, shop floor, shipping, accounting, reverse logistics, CRM software etc etc
Yeah all of that runs like butter on a Bay Trail tablet, so what's your point again?


RE: Besides RT
By retrospooty on 5/2/2013 6:06:21 PM , Rating: 2
My point was that ARM based tablets arent going to take over the business sector. Meaning IOS, Android and WinRT arent going anywhere in enterprise... This is where Windows x86 tablets like your Surface could be highly useful.


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