The US Airforce is getting 18,000 Apple Ipads

The US Air Force has awarded a $9.4 million one-year contract to purchase up to 18,000 iPad 2 tablets.

The tablets would replace the paper manuals and charts that are currently in flight bags. Even some commercial airlines are making the switch, dropping the 40 plus pound bags in favor of tablets.

This is just another sign that enterprises are moving aggressively into the tablet space and a justification of Microsoft’s strategy to move quickly into that space.

What is concerning however is the disparity between Apple’s progress (Ipad 3) and Microsoft’s situation (Windows 8 Consumer Preview).

The longer it takes for Microsoft to go live with a viable Ipad alternative, the harder it will be to convince enterprises that Windows 8 will be the way to go.




  • CptHero

    And the British marines are getting 10.000 android tablets but I still have no idea how either news has anything to do with windows 8.

    • Onuora Amobi

      You may not have any idea but Microsoft do.

  • Timiteh

    Pff, the US Air Force seems to have too much money to waste apparently. They should use it for more useful things than buying overpriced and locked devices. And i thought it was a Windows 8 blog ?

    • Onuora Amobi

      It is.. but doesn’t mean we are blind to Windows 8 related news.. ANYTHING that impacts the tablet market is relevant…