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HP prepares ‘unique’ Windows 8 tablet, hints it will be for enterprise users

by Doug Drinkwater

August 16 2012

The first Windows 8 tablets are expected in late October
The first Windows 8 tablets are expected in late October

HP executive John Solomon has revealed that the firm’s incoming Windows 8 tablet will feature ‘some unique intellectual property’ and hints that the model will be aimed at enterprise users.

Speaking to CRN earlier this week, Solomon suggested that the tablet will be primarily geared up to cater for enterprise users and the rising bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend.

"We will be very focused on the commercial tablet opportunity, which is completely under penetrated. And, we have some unique intellectual property that we're going to apply," said Solomon, who is the senior vice president of Americas sales for HP’s printing and personal systems division.

Previous reports have thrown up that HP’s Windows 8 tablet could have an enterprise dock, a digital pen and support outdoor viewing. HP itself has even suggested that its Windows 8 tablets may turn up with own-brand cloud storage.

However, with little known aside that, TabTimes contacted two prominent mobile analysts to get their views on this ‘unique’ technology.

 “The message about unique intellectual property for commercial tablets is vague at best.  This could mean anything from a method to ease user identification and authorization to use a workplace device, to gesture recognition for automating common functionality”, said ABI Research’s Jeff Orr.

“HP's Windows 8 tablet could focus on the enterprise with "unique IP" around semi-rugged to fully rugged removable keyboards that target knowledge workers (semi-rugged) and task workers/field workers (fully rugged)”, said Chris Hazelton, research director at 451 Research.

“The challenge today for tablets, and what is the largest barrier for tablet adoption in the enterprise, is the ability to provide a widely accepted input mechanism for authoring a large volume of content.

"If HP can tackle this with a highly mobile, robust, and well integrated keyboard it could see huge adoption in the enterprise with its Windows 8 tablet.”

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