Mark this as a win for Windows on tablets. Countless Surface Pro reviews are floating up on the web as these words are written, but regardless of what their verdict is enterprise users have their heart on a Windows slate.

At least, if you believe the latest survey from Forrester Research, that is.

According to a report over at ReadWriteWeb, the majority of employees in the business sector would like a tablet that is powered by Windows — which makes perfect sense, when you consider the fact that a majority of companies already use Microsoft’s operating system on their machines.

The survey polled 9,766 IT workers (why not a clean 10,000 is the big question), and a whelming 32 percent voted in favor of a Windows tablet, while 26 percent want an iPad and only 12 percent are seeking an Android slate.

Forrester’s report concludes:

“For CIOs, there are three mandates that arise from this data: 1.) Apple and Android will be major suppliers to the enterprise. 2.) Microsoft has a ­fighting chance in tablets. 3.) The workplace of the future is multiplatform.”

Fighting chance, they say?

This is not all that encouraging news for Microsoft and its smartphone ambitions, however, as only 10 percent of the workers surveyed want a Windows Phone as their device. 33 percent are looking for an iPhone, while 22 percent are in for an Android based smartphone.

But at least, the numbers are aligning for Surface and other Windows powered slates.

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  • Ray C

    I don’t know why this was ever a surprise. I work in IT. I work in
    enterprise. I’ve worked in 2 or 3 different education environments. A
    lot of clients and employees asked for iPads. But I will tell you what
    the number one question that over half of them asked before or getting
    their iPad was. They ask if there is one more similar to their computer
    or why there isn’t a Windows one. I’m sure others have similar
    experience, but you won’t find anyone speaking to that on any tech blog
    because the popular theme now is to talk about how no on wants Microsoft