HP will target business BYOD schemes with new Windows 8 tablet

by Doug Drinkwater

February 24 2012

HP's Meg Whitman has been actively promoting HP's presence in the tablet market of late
HP's Meg Whitman has been actively promoting HP's presence in the tablet market of late

HP CEO Meg Whitman says that HP will launch a Windows 8 tablet before the year is out, and says that the move could aid businesses with the growing Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend.

Whitman admitted that the tablet market is little more than an ‘iPad market’ at present, and noted that HP's own take on Apple's consumer tablet - the TouchPad - did not result in a 'happy ending'. “The iPad is terrific; I have one. I use it to read books or watch TV but I don’t really use it to get work done”, said Whitman, who was speaking at a gathering in Silicon Valley, which was arranged by The Wall Street Journal.

On that point, Whitman stressed that HP is hoping to create a tablet which can enhance security, productivity and network compatibility, three important pillars for tablet adoption in business, and certainly key points surrounding the introduction of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) schemes.

 “There is a big trend to BYOD to work; which is all well and good until there is a security breach,” said Whitman. “We are going to provide an alternative.”

Whitman took over the helm at HP in September of last year, replacing Leo Apotheker, who had previously announced plans for HP to exit the hardware business, whilst announcing HP's intention to kill off the webOS-driven TouchPad tablet. At the time, there had been rumors that HP would also sell or license off the webOS platform, which it acquired from Palm for $1.2 billion earlier in the year, but HP has since kept the OS on and intends to make it open source by September 2012.

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  • mgozaydin
    2 years 9 months ago

    Dear Meg Whitman
    This is friend of Mr. Hewlett and Mr. Packard in 1965-1970 in Palo Alto Plant.
    I am the one to teach HP engineers Basic programming language in 1966 .
    Please hurry up new HP Tablet with windows 8 .
    Turkish Government is buying16 million tablets within 3 years. First pilots were bought from Samsung 10 " and general Mobile 8.9 " as 4.000 + 4.500 to be tested .
    Next tender will be in September or october. Please hurry up . Look me up at Google
    muvaffak gozaydin

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