Most enterprises are not taking the tablets

By Dawinderpal Sahota
31 Mar 2011 View Comments
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Only a quarter of large enterprises have been won over by tablet PCs, according to recent research, with the remaining having no plans to introduce touch-screen tablet PCs into the workplace.

According to research firm Forrester's annual Forrsights Hardware Survey, just 26 per cent of firms with 1,000 employees or more have deployed or are planning to deploy touch-screen tablet PCs.

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Of that 26 per cent, just four per cent said they had already rolled out the devices.

Meanwhile, just 18 per cent of businesses with under 1,000 employees have introduced, or plan to introduce, tablets into the workplace.

Microsoft's global chief research and strategy officer, Craig Mundie, recently questioned whether tablet PCs would remain a popular technology, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, despite his own firm's recent efforts in the tablet space.

He said he did not know whether tablets like the iPad would "remain with us or not", according to the newspaper.

"I think there's an important distinction – and frankly one we didn't jump on at Microsoft fast enough – between mobile and portable," he said.

"Mobile is something that you want to use while you're moving, and portable is something that you move and then use."

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