Citing his company’s belief that there is “a lot of demand” for a Windows 8 tablet, Dell CEO Michael Dell told the business talk show Bloomberg West that his company is prepping a Windows 8 tablet for release the day the OS becomes available.
“Having a secure Windows tablet that works with all the Windows applications — we’re hearing a lot of demand for that and we think that will be quite attractive,” Mr. Dell said.
Currently the iPad, even its latest iteration, does not natively run Microsoft Office and has marginal out of the box integration to securely connect to corporate VPNs. It is likely that Mr. Dell will champion Windows 8’s ability to do both when trying to leverage his company’s tablet against Apple in the corporate consumer market.
Mr. Dell has yet to announce what chipset his company’s tablet will run on, but should it be ARM the app compatibility of Windows-on-ARM will leave a lot left to be desired.