Apple iPad wins ZDNet Great Debate, but Microsoft Windows RT has serious potential

The app story for the Apple iPad helped secure the win in this ZDNet Great Debate, but if Microsoft can get developers on board and deliver with its solid Surface hardware then Windows RT may be the better enterprise solution in the future.

I took part in another ZDNet Great Debate this week where I was arguing that the iPad is better for business than Windows RT , but the readers sure thought I was wrong with voting split 85% to 15% in favor of Windows RT. In the end though, Steve Ranger gave the nod to me as the debate winner for the short term. I agree that Microsoft has the ability to change my opinion if they can show support for developers and make Windows RT compelling. I am going to check it out first hand when my 64GB Surface hopefully arrives tomorrow alongside my iPad 3.

I enjoy participating in these debates since I glean some great perspectives from my opponent and the readers. I think Microsoft has been fairly successful so far in generating enthusiasm and discussions around Windows 8 and Windows RT and now they have to keep up the chatter. Today is the official Windows 8 launch event in New York and it is interesting to read about the excitement for Microsoft products, unlike what we have seen in a long time.

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