Best Argument: Yes
Audience Favored: Yes (72%)
They're not making PCs like they used to
The Surface Pro 3 is the clearest expression yet of Microsoft's vision for what a modern, highly mobile computing device should look like. It has plenty of company in hybrid devices like the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, which can also shift from tablet to laptop with minimal effort.
My opponent says, "Users that are tired of lugging around both a laptop and a tablet could consider the Surface Pro 3 as their new primary device." I agree. She says it "works at home, too." I agree. She says it's heavier than a MacBook Air. Sorry, that's wrong. Amazingly, even with the Type Cover the Surface Pro 3 is lighter than the underpowered 11-inch MacBook Air. It's more than one pound lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Air.
Her main objection is that "the market is not yet ready for this convergence." Sure, corporate bean-counters won't pay for truckloads of premium devices like these. But you can easily replace your laptop with it and keep working at full speed. In our BYOD world, this ultralight device (or one of its competitors) is a very good fit in the office or on the road.
Consumer behaviour will drag the enterprise to more widespread adoption
I’ve had a Surface RT and Pro device since Microsoft first announced its availability. I’ve used tablet computers and pens in an enterprise environment since Microsoft first brought out the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Tablets and pens are not new -- but have yet to see widespread use in the enterprise.
I use my Surface at home from time to time, occasionally when I’m in the office, and often when I travel. But I also take my Sony Vaio with me and I’ll often work using my laptop instead of my Surface.
Look around you at an airport: iPads abound. But look closely and you will find that people are using iPads to read articles and browse social sites – not to type. People in coffee shops are not using tablets to write their bestsellers. They use traditional laptops with keyboards – with a touch device in their bag next to them.
When consumers predominantly use tablets as their primary device, then this trend will pull through to the enterprise. But until then I think that the office based knowledge workers will have to stick with what they have.