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Surface Pro may be seen as a hybrid PC rather than a simple tablet

Microsoft Surface: A good opportunity for business?

With Microsoft having a 94 per cent market share in business software, how will the sector embrace its hardware?

Last night Microsoft announced its first ever branded tablet aimed at pretty much everyone from the average gaming fan to IT professionals. But the buzz on the web is that the Surface Tablet could be an ideal solution for businesses already relying on Microsoft software.

Jon Milward, director of Managed and Support Services at IT consultancy Northdoor believes that Surface will be a convenient device for businesses.

“Microsoft has developed Windows 8 (the new PC operating system) to give the same user interaction whether it’s used on a PC, laptop, phone or tablet. Therefore, the new Microsoft Surface tablet equipped with Windows 8 will give business users all the convenience of a tablet and the same level of integration with their business systems as a PC.”

Although Surface will feature a tablet version of Windows 8, there will also be a Pro version available, which will feature Windows 8 in full and Intel Core i5 with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics. All this along with the detachable cover/keyboard, makes Surface more of a hybrid tablet PC rather than a pure iPad rival.

Shaw Wu said in a note to investors that the Surface tablet would be more of a threat to the Android ecosystem than Apple’s iPad.

“The Windows 8 Pro Surface tablets, featuring Intel processors, could have a place in certain parts of the enterprise world.”

Will you be upgrading to the Surface for your business? Let us know in the comment section below.

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