The rumored Microsoft Courier pad is looking increasingly real, and it might be more IT-friendly. If the preliminary reconnaissance is right, though, it will be much more like the iPad in that it will use Windows Mobile, rather than the Windows 7 that currently is compatible with corporate desktop apps. At the very least, you have to figure that any Microsoft pad will be able to use Microsoft Office documents.
But if you need access to existing corporate applications, why not go with a portable device that supports Windows XP, Vista, or 7? A device like the HP Elitebook 2740p provides tablet functionality without giving up a keyboard for those situations when typing saves valuable time. And since few corporate apps use touch at the moment, it makes you wonder why a plain old notebook or netbook can't do the job.
I'd really like to know if any of you out there have plans for pads of any kind in your business IT forecasts. Are there already some useful applications for the technology, or do you plan to wait until they are field tested and have proved their worth?