Windows 8 brings a lot of new devices to the table, and this especially true in the tablet world. With both Windows 8 and Windows RT devices on the market, businesses are having trouble figuring out which device might be right for them.

Luckily, Microsoft is here to help it seems. The Windows Business blog has posted up an entry that states there are three categories of tablets to choose from:

1) ARM-based Windows RT devices, which do have legacy app support.

2) Then there are Intel “Clover Trail” Atom devices that runs Windows 8 and should work with most basic legacy Windows applications, but don’t have the power to handle them all.

3) The third class is those running on powerful Intel Core processors that are essentially full-fledged PCs and can run almost anything you throw at them.

This isn’t even mentioning that there are also different kinds of tablets, such as convertibles, hybrids and traditional types.

The business blog suggests that a business figure out what kind of apps they need to use for their mobile efforts. From there, it will be easier to figure out which devices to invest in.

There are quite a bit of factors to consider here though. ARM gets better battery life, but doesn’t work with in-house Windows desktop applications. Core-based tablets can handle just about anything, but have less than stellar battery performance when it comes down to it.

For some organizations, a mix of devices might work best. For some employees that have basic need of spreadsheets and word documents, a Windows RT device will be the best fit. For those power-users with extremely demanding applications being used– Core is the choice. For those that want the best of both worlds (lighweight, okay battery, etc), an ATOM-based solution might fit.

This gives us a basic summary of the article, but for more, hit the source below.

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  • Dan Stephens

    “1) ARM-based Windows RT devices, which do have legacy app support.”

    Typo maybe? Definately not the truth.