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Dell might return to tablet business with Windows 8

Dell might return to the tablet world later this year, as they have seen that the tablet market is still wide open and even growing at a very fast rate

A Dell executive has recently accepted that the office workers are now growing a dissatisfaction regarding the use of the larger desktop which is forced by their employers to be used. As most of these users are using tablets in their homes they are getting used to these tablets and feel more comfortable with them.

Dell had a bad experience with the Streak Tablets, which they had to remove from the Global tablet market because of its low sales. However now it seems like Dell is again planning a model with the new Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. The earlier model the Streak was based on Google’s Android.

According to Dell’s chief commercial officer Steve Felice, they are very much encouraged by the touch capability that they are observing in the beta version of Windows 8. He also mentioned that they might even introduce Android tablets once again. He added that they have a roadmap for tablets that they are yet to announce, which might be announced by the second half of the year.

Felice also believes that Dell’s relationship with thousands of business customers will provide them an advantage over Apple, whose devices are ruling the tablet market. He also added that commercially there are a lot of concerns about security, interoperability, systems and device management, which can be taken care of by them as he believes Dell is in the best position to meet those.

Apart from Dell, Lenovo, HP and possibly Nokia are also planning for their own Windows 8 tablets. So we can say that by the time of the release of the Windows 8 platform a lot of new devices from various manufacturers will be released. It will be interesting to see a change in the market shares among these manufacturers. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-03-19 (Update: 2012-05-26)