When Jeff Bezos unveils the widely anticipated Amazon smartphone on Wednesday, it is expected to not only have “razzle-dazzle features such as motion sensors and a 3-D interface,” writes the Seattle Times’ Brier Dudley, but also could entice users with “cheap or free service to buyers who also subscribe to its Prime shipping and media-services bundle.” GoTo http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/228047/amazon-smartphone-may-be-its-missing-link.html
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We frequently get calls from customers who are REALLY frustrated trying to use their iPads for remote access to an office PC. There are several remote programs out there which CLAIM to make this easy – but let’s be real. Those applications are trying to take a WINDOWS desktop (big screens, TWO mouse buttons) and cram it all onto a device with a 10” screen and ONE button.
Does this solution work? Sure – if you OCCASIONALLY want to access your home or office computer from the pool or the beach. For a long time, something like this was the only answer.
The good news? TIMES HAVE CHANGED.
One of the big reasons people like the iPad is its small form factor and light weight – plus the price isn’t all that bad for a work “tablet” solution. If your “principal” software – the app that you’re in all day long, day in and day out – has a native iPad app, then this is very likely the way to go.
For the rest of you who don’t have the luxury of a native app, the Windows 8 tablets are the answer.
While they’ve received a great deal of harsh criticism, the truth of the matter is that one of these tablet can TRULY be a real, no kidding remote or portable computing solution for your business.
Since December of last year, I’ve been using the Dell XPS 12 – a “convertible” Ultrabook. Not the lightest or cheapest solution, this device is an ACTUAL LAPTOP with a screen that flips over and lies flat to become a tablet. It has 8GB of RAM, an Intel I7 processor and a full version of Windows 8. I dare say this thing could run circles around most of the computers in a typical office.
This and the many similar devices on the market are meant for the folks who sometimes need a laptop but often want a tablet. Few moving parts and very fast, quiet operation mean there really are no compromises here.
On the other end, companies like Dell also make 10” tablets which run FULL versions of Windows 8. With a price, size and weight very similar to the iPad, these devices offer a true tablet solution to companies which want the tablet form-factor but MUST run Windows to support their applications.
On the lower end, if you’re not looking to run older Windows programs but need more than what an iPad can do, the Windows 8 RT solutions (like Microsoft Surface and other similar tablets) can be a great answer. They typically run a special version of Microsoft Office and are much “simpler” to deal with than an actual computer. These devices can bridge the gap for those college students who need “more than an iPad but less than a full sized laptop” – and they’re cool. At least that’s what the Microsoft commercial shows us!
So is the iPad the right answer? Sometimes. But before taking a bite from the “apple”, give us a call and let us recommend the BEST solution for your company’s tablet needs.
Call us today at (859) 294-LINK or email Mike@MissingLinkLEX.com
Attention, Windows Vista or 7 users!
Whether you’re a big fan of Windows 8 or not, if you think you might want to upgrade you CURRENT computer to Windows 8, you should purchase the upgrade BEFORE January 31st!
The introductory upgrade price of the Windows 8 Home AND Pro version of $39.99 is going to expire after that.
Now let me address of few things you might be wondering about:
- While there are no guarantees, our experience has shown that any desktop or laptop that can run Windows 7 (or was cursed with Windows Vista) seems to be able to handle Windows 8 just fine. It’s best to have 4 – 6GB of RAM but we’ve seen it work ok with as little as 3GB.
- If you think you’re going to use your current machine for even one more year (ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE STILL RUNNING VISTA), it’s probably worth $40 to get to Windows 8.
- You do not have to INSTALL the Windows 8 upgrade before Feb 1st, you just have to BUY it. It is a DOWNLOAD ONLY upgrade at that price; however, you have the option to download the files (around 2GB) and install at a later time.
- You CAN use Windows 8 without a touch screen. We use it in both touch and non-touch environments. Frankly, it’s not that much different than a telephone – we all can use one to make a call, whether we mean the one at home on a desk with just touch-tone keys or the smartphone in our pocket. As the owner of a Dell XPS 12 Windows 8 Ultrabook/Tablet, I will concede that the touch capabilities do make it BETTER – but only for some things.
- Windows XP users are technically able to purchase the upgrade; however, we’ve not seen many XP machines still in service which could adequately run Windows 8.
- MOST programs that will run in Windows 7 (or Vista) will run in Windows 8.
- ONE CAUTIONARY NOTE: Any of you who may have a touch-capable Windows 7 computer should verify your screen will support the touch portions of Windows 8. Generally, the screen has to be completely flat all the way to the edges (no raised bevel) to fully utilize Windows 8 gestures.
- LASTLY, we do want to say that your business may not be quite ready for Windows 8 just yet. Much more thought and planning has to go into your business computing environment than your personal computers. While PURCHASING the upgrades now might be a wise move, we’ll need to wait until we can be sure your other software will be supported under Windows 8 before INSTALLING.
I won’t use this time to address all the different nuances of Windows 8 – I will just say that it’s not as scary or horrible as it’s made out to be and you can pretty much just use it like you do Windows 7 – as long as you’re willing to learn a few new mouse tricks and/or finger gestures.
The upgrade process is fairly smooth and takes about an hour or so (after the files download). The upgrade warns you of software that won’t work or requires special procedures BEFORE you commit. If you choose correctly, you will still have your settings and data.
AS ALWAYS, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND A FULL SYSTEM BACKUP BEFORE ANY ATTEMPTS TO UPGRADE YOUR COPY OF WINDOWS!
If you have further questions or need our assistance with an upgrade, please contact Mike Runyon at mike@MissingLinkLEX.com or 859-285-0514.