Microsoft has said it can see that tablet devices will sell more than desktop PCs next year due to the arrival of Windows 8. In speech at TechEd Europe, Antoine Leblond, head of Windows Web Services said, "Everything used to be desktops, now 60 per cent of PCs sold are laptops. Next year tablets will outsell desktops.”
He was keen to stress that the upcoming operating system was not just for tablets and can work on newer laptops and desktop PCs.
He added, "Windows 8 is an old and new bet. Windows 7 was really rooted in the last generational change of Windows, which was Windows 95. [Windows 8 is] a generational change in Windows. But it's still Windows. Everything you could do before, you can still do in Windows 8.”
"You don't have to compromise. It works equally well in a managed or an unmanaged environment, or a mixed environment. You don't have to choose between the device you want [and the corporate device] you're given."
Leblond went onto to talk about the devices that can work with Windows 8. "We've changed, most PCs are battery-powered now, we're moving towards a world that's battery powered. In that world we care more about the CPU, how to preserve battery life. It's a fundamental change.
"We've reimagined Windows from the OS to the chipset. We've designed Windows 8 for the billion people who use PCs today and the next billion. It works on the broadest range of devices from the biggest desktop PCs to the portable tablets powered by ARM and Intel."
Published on Wednesday 27 June 2012 @ 09:22:49 by ANDYW
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