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Tablet Buying Demystified: 10 Tips

Tablet shoppers face an ever-growing number of options beyond the iPad. We break down 10 key considerations.
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Which tablet operating system -- iOS, Android or Windows -- is best for business? At first glance, Apple and Android would seem to have a big edge over the fledgling Windows 8/RT ecosystem in popularity among end users -- we're living in a BYOD world, after all. They also have an overwhelming numerical advantage in apps. But Microsoft might be the better choice.

According to a March 2013 study by Moor Insights and Strategy, a tech industry research firm, Windows 8 and RT tablets are easier to integrate with Windows-based networks than either iOS or Android hardware. "In a typical Windows enterprise deployment, IT already has the tools to encrypt device storage with BitLocker, restrict apps installed, and provide conditional access to confidential data through group policies. When IT rolls out iPads, they need to buy additional software, hardware or services to accomplish the same thing," the Moor study says. True, perhaps, but Microsoft still has a steep hill to climb in the tablet market.

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6/3/2013 | 1:54:45 PM
re: Tablet Buying Demystified: 10 Tips
Putting the explanatory text off to the side does not improve this article. People are used to finding the text below the image and forcing them into a new mode when it doesn't improve the delivery of the information seems counter productive.
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