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iPad + Desktop: Powerhouse Combo For 2014
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Kristin Burnham
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11/15/2013 | 10:03:16 AM
Desktops? No thanks.
I'm not sure I agree with the tablet/desktop combo. I've never been issued a desktop for work purposes -- in fact, it would probably turn me off if I was (even with the tablet combo). Laptop/tablet combo is more amenable. It's all about mobility.
kadawson
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kadawson,
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11/15/2013 | 1:16:53 PM
Re: Desktops? No thanks.
I have to agree with Kristin. A desktop implies a dedicated office, which must be lit & heated & cooled. And to which I must go from time to time. Many companies, including my employer, are actively encouraging home working and mobility. How long can companies that commit themselves to paying for all that square footage remain competitive?
SplashtopChief
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11/18/2013 | 5:45:08 PM
Re: Desktops? No thanks.
Thanks for the feedback.  Maybe my article didn't deliver the message fully....actually, IMHO, iPad+Desktop is a powerful combo to encourage home working and mobility -- From home or anywhere, use any device you like (iPad, Android, another PC/MAC) and then remote into your office desktops to access all corporate data and applications.  Companies can also host desktops on servers (VDI), but this depends on specific company IT's skills,  expertises, and budget.  Leveraging distributed desktops can be a simpler, faster alternative to VDI, yet provide support for in-office productivity.  
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/19/2013 | 8:33:53 AM
Re: Desktops? No thanks.
Mark, I am willing to be your advocate on this point. iPad/tablet + desktop is really a golden combination according to my own experience. In my company the employees prefer to use tablet such as iPad or MS Surface Pro since they are quite handy. By virtue of cloud computing, we access the email, word processing applications, etc. by using the pure web based interface. With the evolution of the new technology such as AJAX, the web based application brings commensurate experience as the traditional desktop applications. When we need to use some traditional desktop applications, we use the remote desktop technology instead. In the backend we have desktops providing traditional application access.
SaneIT
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11/21/2013 | 7:44:45 AM
Re: Desktops? No thanks.
For most of our laptop users moving to a tablet for mobile use isn't catching on.  We do have quite a few iPads in circulation and most of those are carried by laptop users but very few are ready to make the switch to tablet only solutions for mobile computing.  I am leaning toward the new Surface Pro offerings to replace my current laptop which is my main computing device.  With a decent docking solution using a large monitor it's not much different than a decent desktop.  I plan on skipping past the desktop plus tablet combination and going straight to a tablet and docking station solution.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/22/2013 | 1:38:50 AM
Re: Desktops? No thanks.
The major problem we found with desktop + tablet solution is that, when you have only your tablet in hand, it's not easy for you to work on certain file such as spreadsheet. So at least MS Surface Pro is a good choice for some scenarios.
SaneIT
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11/22/2013 | 10:09:12 AM
Re: Desktops? No thanks.
Currently I use RDP to connect to the Windows PC that I use for everything except a few *nix specific tools and web browsing.  Moving to a tablet I'll do pretty much the same but will most likely virtualize my current laptop and use remote desktop to access it as well.  I could probably get by with the RT the way that I work but just to be safe in the event that I need to run software locally the Pro is where I'm headed.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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11/15/2013 | 1:18:33 PM
Re: Desktops? No thanks.
I have to agree with Kristin. I don't see desktops as ever being preferable, except in very specific professions with really high processing demands. Even after reading the reasons here about why a desktop might be better than a laptop, I doubt we'll see any increases in sales.
ChrisMurphy
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11/15/2013 | 10:57:56 AM
Not Yet
This combo would only appeal to me if my tablet could do a lot more laptop-esque things when I'm on the go. And once that happens, do I need a desktop when I'm back at the mill, or just a monitor and keyboard that connects to my almost-a-laptop tablet?
Marilyn Cohodas
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11/15/2013 | 11:02:35 AM
Re: Not Yet -- what about Surface?
Curious to know whether anyone thinks that Surface becomes compeitive with iPad+Desktop combo. It certainly would be, cost wise.  But how about functionality?
Byurcan
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11/15/2013 | 1:01:53 PM
Re: Not Yet -- what about Surface?
The Surface is actually a very good device, but Apple has such a stranglehold on the tablet market, it's got a tough uphill climb.
Michael Endler
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11/15/2013 | 2:04:14 PM
Re: Not Yet -- what about Surface?
It depends whether you're using the Surface by itself or (if it's a Pro) with the docking station.


The Surface tablets can handle laptop duties in a pinch, but they're too small for heavy keyboard work. At the same time, they also offer so-so pure tablet experiences.

The iPad isn't very good at laptop duties (though that doesn't stop people from trying with third-party keyboards), but it offers a superb pure tablet experience. A desktop, meanwhile, is way more productive than a Surface for heavy productivity. Bigger screen, bigger keyboard-- that stuff matters, at least to me.


So if you're talking about the Surface by itself, I think an iPad + desktop combo is preferable. The combo encourages you to use the devices in ways that play to their respective strenghs. This can be limiting in those moments when you need a laptop but only have an iPad-- and if that happens to you all the time, perhaps the Surface is a better option.But the limitation might make you more productive overall via forced optimization.

The Surface might offer convenience that "iPad + desktop" lacks, but in exchange, it demands that you accept some comrpomises. It's hard to know if "convenience' wiill actually make you that much more productive on the whole. If I'm writing a lengthy artciel, the Surface keyboard is just barelygood enough. I definitely work more slowly than I would on a PC.

The Surface dock is a potentially different story, though. With the Surface Pro attached to a full-size keyboard and monitor, it becomes pretty compelling. It's powerful enough to provide a legitimate desktop experience. Two-in-one convergence hasn't yet proved as popular as Microsoft hoped, but I think the three-in-one concept that docks enable will gain fans.
shamika
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11/17/2013 | 11:38:17 PM
Re: Not Yet -- what about Surface?
Interesting article. However with the busy work schedules, will you recommend to use desktop computers?
shamika
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shamika,
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11/17/2013 | 11:41:33 PM
Re: Not Yet -- what about Surface?
Well I agree on the security aspect you said. Laptops can be easily stolen and it can lead towards data losses which will result in damaging the organizations. 


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