Fujitsu relieves Ballmer's iPad pressure
Tablets for businesses, not for fun
It became clear, though, the army of Windows pads being raised wouldn't deploy in full force until 2011, with the delivery of Intel's Oak Trail generation of Atom chips.
Today, Microsoft's chief executive is sweating a little less profusely thanks to PC and server partner Fujitsu, which has named April as the planned release month for the STYLISTIC Q550 - an Oak Trail slate running Windows 7.
This is no mass-market answer to Apple's iPad, however: Fujitsu has described the device as an "executive-class" machine that's "designed for the high-security requirements of mobile enterprise computing."
Fujitsu claims using Windows 7 will make it easier for enterprise IT departments to manage and secure this machine than invaders from the consumer side of life, running iOS or Android.
"As enterprises struggle to keep consumer smart phones and tablets off their corporate networks to avoid security breaches, Fujitsu is taking an alternative approach with the introduction of a companion device designed for maximum interoperability with business environments," the company said in its press release announcing the device.
Features include a full "workday" battery and anti-glare 10.1-inch screen for use indoors and out, while on-the-road networking is via WLAN, Bluetooth and the option of mobile broadband 3G/UMTS. There's also digital fingerprint recognition, a docking station, the choice of stylus-based input, and the machine packs 2GB of RAM and 64GB SSD.
Fujitsu's machine will join a trickle of slates - that's iPad-like slate rather than hybrid device with a keyboard that converts to a slate - running Windows 7. HP Slate shipped last year, also for business types. Tablets running Windows 7 and Oak Trail are promised from Dell and Lenovo "later this year". ®
That they should claim to use Windows because it's more secure must be a joke.
Tablet computers versus iPAD/Phone
I was about to purchase an Apple iPAD as a birthday present for my wife. I went down to the Apple store with $1000 in my pocket last week and took a careful look at it. There's no denying that it's a nice piece of hardware with a wonderful human interface. As with the Mac it uses a variant of BSD for the operating system. But.... Is it a computer?
The iPAD is programmable and usable as a computer in the same fashion that a Sony PS3 is. You have to jail-break it to run your own programs. Your only source for programming is to buy from Apple. The iPAD is a glorified, much enhanced Nintendo DSi.
Tablet computers, even if they run some version of Windows, are not locked into a one manufacturer support base. I can buy from Microsoft, Adobe or even Apple and there is some competition involved. If I get tired of Win/7, I can upgrade to Linux (probably). This is a computer that does what I want it to do, not a proprietary controller that does what some faceless marketing group thinks I want done.
For my wife, this may be enough. The thousand dollars is still in my pocket while I try to decide. I suppose that the Apple fans will be all over me for this posting, but in this case Windows 7 really is better.
Press Release.. Eh?
"As enterprises struggle to keep consumer smart phones and tablets off their corporate networks to avoid security breaches..."
Oh, so that's what you need to breach security on Microsoft platforms? An Android/iOS device? How does that work?
Or does security breaches mean employees playing angry birds when they shouldn't?
In my experience most security breaches occur when infected Windows machines connect to corporate networks (Microsoft ones) without adequate protection mechanisms or architecture in place. See, that sounds like a reason to use an Android/iOS device instead of Microsoft ones.
I'm not anti Microsoft, I'm excited about IE9 and love Windows 7, but I really don't think they thought very hard about that comment.