Over the past couple of years, mobile devices have infiltrated the enterprise market. And this percentage of market share is expected to grow exponentially in the near future. In fact, Forrester research estimates that tablet sales will exceed 375 Million by the year 2016.
Although the advantages of mobile devices are clear to the market, many end users are unaware of the advantages utilizing a Windows based operating system will provide. These advantages are as follows
Lowest total cost of ownership: Windows based tablet computers have proven to have the lowest total cost of ownership in the enterprise market due to its benefits regarding IT support, software costs, management, end-user productivity and security.
Larger screen sizes: Windows based operating systems can run on hardware platforms ranging from 7 to 12 inches. On the contrary, other operating systems typically do not come in sizes larger than 10 inches.
Limited software/operating system upgrades: Windows does not require its users to upgrade to the newest version of their operating system. Operating systems such as Android and iOS require users to constantly manage and update the operating system in order to run at optimal capabilities.
Ability to utilize Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is widely used in the enterprise environment. When utilizing a Windows based tablet, these programs run identical to how they would on a PC.
Consistency with current business systems: Since a majority of businesses are run on the Microsoft Windows Platform, Windows based mobile devices are the easiest for an IT team to deploy and manage. The time associated with integrating these tablets into mainstream business functions is minimal.
Robust security: Due to the ability to implement firmware on Windows based tablets, security is at the upmost level.
Ability to work with current hardware: A tablet which runs the Windows operating system provides users with the ability to work with the printers, cameras, and software they already own. This is a cost saving benefit because new hardware does not need to be purchased.
Snap apps side-by-side: This new feature of Windows 8 allows the end-user to have multiple applications open at the same time. For example, a user could be reading their email and looking over a spreadsheet at the same time, empowering the user to be more productive.
Windows start button: The Windows start navigation button is a feature that business users have become accustomed to while utilizing their own PCs. By implementing a tablet solution with this feature, users benefit from the familiarity of the interface.
USB ports: The presence of USB ports is essential for the business user of mobile devices. These ports allow users to easily transfer information, as well as utilize current accessories that run off of a USB port.
The trend towards mobility is growing rapidly, and there are many types of devices and operating systems to choose from. But when your goal is overall workflow efficiency, Windows based mobile devices can facilitate a seamless, user-friendly experience in the workplace – from the desktop to the field.