When it comes to hardware, Windows-based SMBs -- which means most of them -- have had some pretty plain vanilla choices when it comes to form factors. Would you like that in a desktop or laptop? OK, it's not that straightforward -- there was such a thing as Windows Phone before now, and there are ultrabooks that run Windows 7. (And remember netbooks?) But that's kind of what it has felt like if you're a Windows guy or gal. Windows 8 ushers in a lot more choice -- or at least it will once the various OEMs start pumping up production. Ultrabooks, tablets and convertibles join the old-school laptops and desktops -- though even those graybeards can now be had in touch. SMBs will be able to better match an employee's hardware to the employee's actual job functions.