While the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement has IT departments scurrying to figure out how to cope with the all the issues inherent in consumer technology, there are still tablets out there that are less about entertainment and more about work: Windows 7 tablets. In fact, according to Alex Spektor, associate director for wireless device strategies at Strategy Analytics, thousands of companies use Windows tablets to get business done.
"They're not about fun and games," explains Spektor. "Windows 7 tablets are pure business and they are used every day by insurance agents, architects and contractors, real estate agents, salespeople as well as doctors and nurses doing their jobs."
While Android tablets and iPads are slowly acquiring the software (such as the upcoming Microsoft Office for the iPad) and security add-ons (such as ForeScout Mobile) necessary to make them practical in the workplace, there are three critical areas that Windows tablets immediately deliver on:
HP Slate 2
With its formal squared-off design and brushed aluminum trim, the HP Slate 2 looks like it's all about business.
Samsung Series 7 Slate
Larger and heavier than most tablets now available (most of which don't go much larger than 10.1-in. displays), the Samsung Series 7 Slate offers a brilliant 11.6-in. screen that provides room to stretch out with your work.