Motion Computing says biz demand is still strong for Windows 7 tablets

by Doug Drinkwater

March 8 2013

Motion Computing offers both Windows 7 and Windows 8 tablets
Motion Computing offers both Windows 7 and Windows 8 tablets

Microsoft may be betting big that corporates will dig Windows 8, but most of these folk are still moving from Windows XP to Windows 7, according to rugged tablet maker Motion Computing.

The company, based out of Austin, Texas, was exhibiting a collection of tablets at the Insight Technology Show in London today, where it stressed that demand remains strong for Windows 7, despite the release of Windows 8.

“Windows 8 is great for us, but some customers realize that there are limitations with it,” said Motion Computing's Northern Europe country manager Ian Davies.

“Today, our customers say that Windows 7 is what they need. A lot of them are still transitioning from XP and some research suggests that businesses will skip Windows 8 altogether and go to Windows 9.”

Motion, which confirmed at the show that it has fitted third-gen Ivy Bridge processors to the J3600 tablet and enhanced screen technology (Hydis’ AFFS+ technology) to the F5, says that it will be upgrading more models to Windows 8, but has no plans to adopt Windows RT.

“We won’t go to Windows RT at all – not one customer has asked for it,” said Davies.

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