Ask AnandTech: Tablets at Work, How Important is Backwards Compatibility?
Last week you guys did an awesome job with the discussion around the role of tablets in the workplace. There are a good number of you who have already embraced tablets for work, or who at least see the potential for the form factor at work if other hardware requirements are met. Now comes the next level, and honestly a question that I’m asked quite often when meeting with manufacturers. As far as work tablets are concerned, how important is backwards compatibility with existing x86/Windows applications?
The question obviously lends itself to a Windows 8 vs. Windows RT debate, but it’s actually even bigger than that. We’re really talking about Windows 8 vs. Windows RT or Android or iOS in the workplace.
While the previous question could definitely influence future design decisions, your answers here help answer more fundamental questions of what OSes to support for OEMs looking to play in the enterprise/business tablet space.
Respond in the comments below!
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