HP now says Slate tablet will be geared toward enterprise market

HP now says Slate tablet will be geared toward enterprise market

Summary: The never-ending saga of the HP Slate tablet took another turn today, when HP Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley told a tech conference that what was once thought to be an iPad competitor is going to be targeted to the enterprise.

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The never-ending saga of the HP Slate tablet took another turn today, when HP Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley told a tech conference that what was once thought to be an iPad competitor is going to be targeted to the enterprise.

It appears that the Windows 7-based tablets that HP has planned (if there are any more than the Slate 500 in the works) will be marketed to businesses, and its tablets running webOS (acquired with HP's purchase of Palm a couple of months ago) will be focused on the consumer market. That's probably good news to Apple, since there's no indication that a webOS tablet is imminent, giving the iPad more time to increase its hold on the niche.

It may not be as good news for Microsoft, since a major manufacturer like HP has decided to avoid releasing a Windows 7-based tablet to the wider consumer audience. It also keeps those who've been waiting for an alternative tablet in a holding pattern, eager for a big name company to release details on an Android tablet that will come out sooner than later and finally challenge the iPad in the mass market.

[Via Engadget]

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Mobility

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  • RE: HP now says Slate tablet will be geared toward enterprise market

    This just seems confused (HP - not the blog). Why wouldn't Enterprise customers want webOS?! Assuming the Slate running Windows 7 is any good why wouldn't consumers want that?

    This segmentation seems random - and worse, seems to suggest that HP doesn't have a clue. Given how good webOS is this is not encouraging. I think Windows 7 would be better on convertibles - there isn't that much Windows software that is suited to a pure tablet. If HP could make a modern version of the TC1000 then that might be OK (it's no iPad... but that's OK - they have webOS for that niche).

    As it is, I don't think they have a clue.
    Jeremy-UK
    • WebOS

      @Jeremy-UK

      Isn't tried and true, I'm pretty sure all IT dept's would need extensive testing on it even after it was released. No enterprise or in house software would run on it either.

      Win7 gives you all of that.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: HP now says Slate tablet will be geared toward enterprise market

    It makes sense a Windows slate for business it you take in consideration management. A W7 slate can be managed with Group Policy, System Center, Altiris or many of the applications available to manage Windows in business and enterprises. From what I know, that option is not available yet for WebOS, iOS or Android. IMO, that will be a big advantage for Windows slates. Let's see how it goes...
    dvm
    • And all the apps in the list ....

      will bring down any possible usability (if any) of a Win7 in a tablet device.

      FACT: Win7 is a desktop OS. It wasn't designed for low spec devices.

      If the performance of Win7 in netbooks sucks, why the hell would you thing it will run any better on devices that have lesser specs???
      wackoae
      • RE: HP now says Slate tablet will be geared toward enterprise market

        @wackoae

        Gee reality is such a b*tch. Since I'm running Windows 7 Ulimate on my netbook using an Atom and 1G memory with Office 2007, it just shouldn't be working should it?

        Why not try it before you make unsubstantiated FUD. Win 7 works fine on netbooks.
        tonymcs@...
      • Working or dragging

        It is very well documented that Win7 is slow in pretty much any netbooks. The fact that you can stand the slowness is no a sign that it works OK.
        wackoae
      • I second tonymcs's notion

        @wackoae

        Two Win7 netbooks and no problems. The supposed Slate 500 will have the same specs as a netbook.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • TRANSLATION

    The Slate table sucks .... we have to sell it to idiots (ie: managers who don't know anything, but force tech on the IT teams just because company X gave them a coffee mug).
    wackoae
  • Was this a result of Ballmer pleading behind the scenes....

    for HP not to abandon Microsoft fully for WebOS? And are the enterprise really showing interest in Windows tablet devices? If so, Why haven't they we heard of this interest before with Tablet PCs, Slates, UMPCs being around for a decade?
    dave95.
    • iPod may have just made a market for enterprise ready slates

      @dave95.
      Enterprises have different demands to consumers. In the past, such devices were tablets, which have all been unweildy hybrid devices, trying to cater for two dissimilar usage patterns.

      However, the iPad has shown that there are some applications that only need a touch device and a largish screen, but iPads are severely tethered to Apple's infrastructure which is a no-no in an enterprise that wants to control its own stuff. Enterprises typically create their own apps for internal use and do not want to submit an app to an external company just for internal use.

      And as someone else has said, Win 7 comes with all the enterprise management capability built-in. This may just be the way slates really make it into the enterprise, because it is much more enterprise friendly. For eHealth, it make more sense as well, for the same reasons. Hugely customisable without having to get permission from papa Jobs.
      Patanjali
      • RE: HP now says Slate tablet will be geared toward enterprise market

        @Patanjali
        You must not be aware that Apple has given companies the ability to write and distribute their own apps within the business without going through the App store. MS supporters have encouraged the FUD that all apps have to go through Apple. As for the management abilities being built-in, when has that stopped an MS supporter from going to a third party to get the app they need versus the built-in tool that is only 'good enough'?
        Mr_Dave
      • RE: HP now says Slate tablet will be geared toward enterprise market

        @Mr._Dave
        "You must not be aware that Apple has given companies the ability to write and distribute their own apps within the business without going through the App store."
        Care to post a link with additional information? From what I know, every apps has to be distributed via iTunes Store except for web apps.

        "As for the management abilities being built-in, when has that stopped an MS supporter from going to a third party to get the app they need versus the built-in tool that is only 'good enough'?"
        If that's the case, which application do I need to use to manage and administer Android and/or iOS? Can I manage 100s or 1000s of users the same way I manage Windows?
        dvm
      • RE: HP now says Slate tablet will be geared toward enterprise market

        @dvm

        [u[http://developer.apple.com/programs/iphone/enterprise/p/u]

        "In-house distribution"
        msalzberg
      • RE: HP now says Slate tablet will be geared toward enterprise market

        @dvm
        Link with info about writing apps that DO NOT have to go through the app store.
        http://www.apple.com/iphone/business/apps/in-house/resources.html

        Link to info about how to administer iOS units.
        http://www.apple.com/iphone/business/integration/

        Hope those help.
        Mr_Dave
      • RE: HP now says Slate tablet will be geared toward enterprise market

        @Mr_Dave<br>They have made huge strides, but at 500+ employees minimum, there are a lot of businesses that cannot take advantage of it, and it still requires iTunes, though it at least can be governed by policies.<br><br>It still leaves a wide open market of SMBs for WM and Android.
        Patanjali
  • Price is the other difference between selling to enterprise or to consumers

    It's something that a lot of nice Tablet PC models have suffered from. They're aimed at business use and they're overpriced for consumer use.

    Everything that is sold to business is overpriced. Borrow your office supplies catalogue and see what they charge for pencils. Envelopes. A chair.

    So, I suppose they choose a market where they know they can sell at a price that covers their costs and the risk of being less popular than they may be, but it breaks your heart - if you're a Windows and Tablet fan (there are some of us) - to see a hardware specification that could be built and sold at $1,000 and get people to NOTICE that Windows has touch AND SPEECH RECOGNITION priced at $3,000 instead, maybe even making the same profit but on far, far fewer units sold.

    If iPad was an enterprise product then it'd be priced at $3,000 as well. Golly - look at what the original, genuine IBM PCs cost, back in the day. And what they could do. Or couldn't.
    Robert Carnegie 2009
    • RE: HP now says Slate tablet will be geared toward enterprise market

      @Robert Carnegie 2009 <br><br>A very perceptive post!<br><br>Naturally I would think so, because this is something I have been observing and thinking for years now.<br><br>Selling under-performing over-priced products to businesses has always been so much easier than selling to consumers, because the "buyers" in the corporations don't pay out of their own pocket, don't have the knowledge or interest to make intelligent comparisons, and are easily influenced by the friendships which develop between the selling reps and the corporate buyers.
      n.silverman@...
      • One name: DELL

        That simple name is synonymous of over-price business product. Dell sells you enterprise class machine at a premium .... then when you get it, you open the case and find the cheapest peace of crap parts you can find. No name MB, generic memory, generic HDD, etc.

        At my work, they found that many of the Dell computers they paid a premium didn't even had a CPU fan. All it had was a plastic shell around the CPU with a very small heatsink that connected to the back fan on the case. Guess what problem those computers had constantly???
        wackoae
  • Two versions

    The WebOS version is the "HP Phantom Slate" and the W7 version is the "HP Slate Forever". The Android one was to be the "HP Slate Ghost". For shame HP: http://books.google.com/books?id=ThAEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA9&pg=PA9#v=onepage&q&f=false
    symbolset