A senior Dell executive has admitted that the firm has only sold “hundreds of thousands” of its XPS 10 and Latitude 10 tablets, but expects this to pick-up as corporates get their teeth into Windows 8.
Dell’s global vice president of personal computing Sam Burd revealed the weak sales figures for the XPS 10 and Latitude 10 – which run Windows RT and Windows 8 respectively – but said corporate customers could help improve numbers going forward.
"I think that's pretty exciting when we look at the ramp [in purchasing] that we expect from corporate customers,” Burd told UK newspaper The Guardian.
“Businesses are slow to adopt a new operating system. But tablets really need Windows 8 to sell well. Still, it is encouraging to see some businesses deploying Windows 8 and tablets. It's going to take some time, and the jury is still out.
“Maybe in a few years when we get to Windows 8 tablets being a third or 40% of tablet volume we can feel it's happening. Tablets are definitely an important piece of the computing business."
Through corporate deployments and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scheme, tablet penetration in enterprise has increased steadily over time. Good Technology’s most recent report claimed that one in four devices is now a tablet, with Android slowly edging closer to Apple’s iPad.