Windows PCs are no longer the only computing devices in the enterprise, and that one fact has major ramifications for IT departments and business leaders.
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Smartphones and tablets offer employees new, more flexible ways to get work done. Microsoft has responded to the enterprise mobility trend with Windows 8 and Windows RT, touchscreen-enabled operating systems that offer two interfaces: one designed for the mobile world and another that resembles that of traditional Windows PCs.
Do you agree with Microsoft's vision that tablets and PCs will merge?
A2. Merge - they already have. Just not the way MS imagined. They are different forms of computing… #CoITchat— Brian Katz (@bmkatz) June 25, 2013
How significant is the role of legacy applications in keeping Windows PCs alive?
Very! According to Gartner, if MS investing nothing more on Windows, it would still be needed for 15 years because of the apps #coitchat— Natalie Lambert (@nflambert) June 25, 2013
How do you decide when to use Windows PCs or mobile devices?
I still haven't found a way to get a full day's work done on a tablet easily. Windows or Mac is still the primary device. #CoITchat— Eric Beehler (@cstechcast) June 25, 2013
There are some things you need a laptop for, but a great amount can be done on a tablet #CoITchat— James Furbush (@JamesFurbush) June 25, 2013
Running multiple apps at once is also a reason for me. I copy from word and past to powerpoint. Tablets dont work well for this #coitchat— Natalie Lambert (@nflambert) June 25, 2013
Thanks again to everyone who participated in our #CoITchat on the future of Windows PCs in the enterprise!