Windows tablets offer consumers the power of a PC in a tablet. They are also the only tablets which allow multiple user accounts, multitasking and come pre-installed with Microsoft Windows Home and Office 2013. Best of all, all Windows tablets are equipped with all-purpose ports that can connect to the TV via HDMI, the Internet via a dongle or a keyboard/printer/mouse/headphone via a USB port.
20 different Windows-based tablets which are on offer from eight of Microsoft's original equipment manufacturing partners, namely Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic and Lava were on display recently at a hotel in Delhi.
Since its introduction in mid-2010, the tablet category has witnessed huge growth in demand and shipments. Currently, the hand-held segment leads with an impressive annual growth of 629%. Consumer usage patterns around technology are constantly evolving and what people are doing with technology today is vastly different from what we have seen a few short years ago. Given the ease with which tablets enable convergence, the popularity of this device comes as no surprise.
But what are consumers using tablets for? Top of the list is social networking and messaging. Students use the device largely for education and entertainment, while young professionals tend to use it more for connectivity. And interestingly, 20% of tablet owners use it as their computing device. That goes to show how for technology users the world of work and world of play are meshing into each other. There are now no hard lines between personal and professional activities and consumers are looking for devices that are flexible and services that follow them everywhere.
A big part of using a tablet for work and play are the apps. The apps make the experience rich and useful. With Windows, customers can choose from 140,000 apps in the Windows Store and over 200,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store.
In this era of globalization, organizations around the world are operating round the clock, around the world in a networked business environment. The need of the hour for these organizations therefore, is to adopt systems that offer functionality above and beyond traditional company intranet portals. In this context, it becomes not only prudent but also imperative to merge the collaborative usability of social media with solutions that are designed to provide the functionality that organizations need to operate efficiently in the current ultra-competitive environment.
MicrosoftâEUR(TM)s collaboration platform SharePoint, offers a solution for companies that face this challenge. And as the growth of social media has forever changed the manner in which people share and consume information, the lines between a traditional knowledge sharing portal, social media platform and company intranet are fast blurring.
Mahesh Prabhu, Vice President âEUR" Microsoft Technologies, ITC Infotech, said, âEURoeHighlights how well-defined workflows and smart integration can help companies create a truly collaborative online portal. The success of a corporate intranet portal depends on the active participation of employees, both as a consumers and creators of content. Our custom developed Enterprise Social Framework and Social plugin components help in engaging the users, and give them the power to voice their opinions, thoughts and ideas.âEUR