Windows 8 slate
Best Argument: Windows 8 slate
No compromises with Windows 8
No more status quo
Josh Gingold: It strikes me as unusual that we should even be having this debate since the Windows 8 slate isn't yet on the market for which iPad’s share is already greater than 50%. Nevertheless, this is the mobile showdown that so many (including me) have been waiting for. And although it feels like much more of the same old argument over which is better, Apple or Microsoft, this may be different because so many PC fans are hopeful that the Windows 8 slate may actually have a fighting chance against the iPad juggernaut.
Unfortunately, many IT professionals still maintain an extreme aversion for anything made by Apple, which may be limiting their ability to see past the traditional Windows platform in which they have so much time and energy invested. The work place is changing and most business users don’t really care what IT wants. They want whatever technology they use in their business lives to be the same as what they use in their personal lives. Those types of devices are not replacing PCs but rather extending them through a more versatile form factor.
Interestingly, much of the same criticisms that were first leveled against the iPhone are now translating over to the iPad. But, of course, none of the criticism is actually justified. The iPad has already proven that it can and will be used for business, even if their IT departments don't always like it, and every user I talk to says they’re happy with it. Perhaps more importantly, Apple has planted yet another flag in the enterprise market. Like it or not, it might be time to brush up on Apple products.
Windows 8 best bet for business
Congratulations to both Matt and Josh for offering such well-reasoned *and* reasonable arguments, with no mud slung. My take: Although platform choice, in the increasingly BYOD-driven enterprise, will continue to be influenced by users' personal preferences, I have to agree with the majority vote and give this one to Mr. Miller: Windows 8, with the rights apps, looks to be the best tablet for most business environments.