Lenovo Says Businesses Don’t Want Windows RT Tablets

Lenovo Says Businesses Don’t Want Windows RT Tablets

If a pretty penny was given every time someone stated the obvious, a fair few people would be incredibly rich by now. The obvious fact is that Redmond has positioned its RT platform towards consumers that want a Windows tablet.

Microsoft itself has made the distinction quite clear — the technology titan sees the Surface RT as a consumer tablet, and aims the Surface Pro fairly and squarely at power users and businesses.

And even before the release of the Surface Pro, several business organizations made their plans known that they were holding out buying the RT and instead preferred to wait for the Pro version of Microsoft’s tablet that had the ability to run the full version of Windows 8.

Lenovo’s Think PC and visual category manager Simon Kent, talking to PCWorld revealed that the hardware maker has found that the companies prefer the full experience of Windows 8, instead of the toned down feel of Windows RT. He was quoted as saying:

“We don’t believe that Windows RT is what businesses want.”

But there is obviously another side to this story. Since taking over things from IBM, Lenovo has focused primarily on the business market. It does release products targeting end consumers, but enterprises still remain the bread and butter of the hardware maker.

And while most large PC hardware vendors have posted disappointing sales numbers for the past year or two, Lenovo has been doing pretty alright thanks to its focus on the business sector.

Lenovo currently sells only one Windows RT device — the Yoga 11 convertible notebook tablet.

Still, there is no word whether Lenovo has scrapped plans for more Windows RT devices in the near future, or if the company definitely wants out of the RT game.

The businesses may not be embracing Windows RT just yet. And that is a fair point given the platform is just not ready yet. But there is a fair enough chance that Windows RT may yet gain a higher level of acceptance in the business world a couple of years down the road when it is more established.

  • http://www.JVE.biz/ Rug Ratz

    why would a business want to buy the run-time version that is limited in scope and expandibility several years down the road when it is already archaic and outdated now? Even costco computers won’t sell the RT release as a consumer product – nobody wants it – they want an expandable tablet computer that will load virtually anything. In fact, we’re looking at a consumer computer for my son as a graduation present, but we won’t buy a system that won’t upgrade and expand. I’m thinking of buying one with Win 7 home premium online if none available from brick and mortar businesses locally. Gotta wait for Win 8 dust to settle and see what comes out of Redmond.

    • WillyThePooh

      The rule of looking for computer/tablet is the same. First, find out what apps/programs you want to use and then pick the OS that will let you use the software. Finally, go out and shop for your computing device with hardware spec that suits your need.

  • Apsuva

    Who would want a windows in which it takes 10 seconds at best to find a shortcut to Autocad? Productivity of Modern UI is terrible. Most simple tasks like checking print spools which I do 2-3 times a day takes awful lots of time compared to previous versions.

    • Typhoon

      You really need to look into using the search capabilities as you are obviously trying to find things the old way. And when I say the old may I mean Windows XP and before as this has been capability since Vista. By the way you check the print spools the same way as the previous version. The Start screen can be customised to suit you i.e. you can move and categorise the tiles as you want. As for finding AutoCad that is a desktop App so try pinning it to your taskbar.

    • WillyThePooh

      Don’t you know you can create tiles for your everyday task? Also, group your most important tiles to the leftmost of the screen and group the rest of the tiles by category will let you find the tiles a lot faster. Click the lower right hand corner will let you zoom out and find a group of tiles faster.

  • anand nayak

    i think it will depend on markating competion. or so much demanding on software.i want say on cheap relabel on public. so much business in the world. thanks. both company attetion on markating demand .and so much function first anand

  • MoWeb

    Sure Lenovo. Aha. Because companies don’t want cheap, light-weight, app-driven devices with instant-on, to use as productivity tools. Nope. There is absolutely NO interest in these devices as BYOD devices. Because, you know, iPads aren’t used by companies much at all, are they?

    Seriously. That is stupid. The average CEO, Headmaster, Manager, and a fair few employees, ALL want BYOD-style devices that can be offered services via a mobile device management (MDM) framework. How, exactly, is a Windows RT device any different from an iPad, Nexus 10, or Galaxy Tab? Where I live, the iPad is the more expensive choice, and Android is the most powerful choice (at the moment). Right in the middle or those two, are the RT devices… and that is perfect for a lot of companies.