Blog written by Lee Burnette (@Lee4Dell) from DellTechCenter.com

As a tech fan, it's always exciting to await new releases of HDTV's, the latest smart phone and honestly, most any tech gadget peaks my interest. When I started hearing about the new line of Dell tablets that were in development, that excitement turned to an intense curiosity.

See, many of my friends and business associates had already jumped on the tablet train. There were more and more options coming out every month, yet it seemed to me that while we did have an initial line of tablet devices, Dell remained relatively quiet and low-key in this space. Until now.

With a brand new line of Dell tablets, Ultrabook, Ultrabook Convertibles and Touch All-in-Ones, I couldn't wait to get my hands on these devices to get an idea of whether or not we had hit the mark and are offering products that people will actually WANT and get excited about. Now just because I work for Dell doesn't mean I will promote everything we do as the best thing since the invention of microwave popcorn. I think to be truthful and open about anything in business will gain you more credibility over time. So I went to the internal Dell launch of these products with an open mind, yet slightly sceptical.



My main question going in was why Windows 8? The success of the Apple product is well documented, the Android OS has been gaining more and more momentum the past few years, so why did Dell choose to launch all of these products on the new Windows 8 platform? More importantly, why would customers choose this option over the competition?

As I talked with many industry experts both inside and outside of Dell, a few things became very clear quite quickly. First of all, organizations of all sizes are faced with the same challenge. With all these new tablet and mobile devices being brought into the workplace by their employees, how do they manage them? How do they maintain the secure IT environment without compromising their data integrity?

Let's answer these questions by starting with Windows 8. This OS is the biggest departure from it's predecessor since Windows 95. The "metro" touch interface is made up of large tiles that feed you your data and notifications live and offers a new visual experience. This is beneficial especially on tablets and mobile devices as everything has moved to more of a touch experience. But what about when you are docked or sitting at a standard notebook or desktop? The great thing about that is if you have an All-in-One Touch desktop, you still have the touch interface of Windows 8. However, if you still prefer a standard keyboard and mouse, that still works seamlessly.

I have heard a few comments about the interface being nothing more than a slick GUI that just gets in the way of productivity. I have to say, after using it for a while and getting used to it, its a great way to get around the OS and get to the information you need quickly and in a smooth way. If that interface is not something you want to use, with the touch of the screen (or click of a mouse) you can easily get to a standard desktop that you are used to seeing and all of your legacy applications can run on it no matter which interface you choose. Be sure to watch the video demo of Windows 8 to see how easy it is to use as well as the new features that are built into it.

Now let's talk for a minute about how organizations can integrate it into their environments. The most important thing to understand here is that while Windows 8 is running on a tablet like the Dell Latitude 10, it is a fully functional version of Windows running on X86 architechture. That means you can join it to a corporate domain, you can manage it with your SCCM, LanDesk or Altiris and you can secure it because to your IT department, it has all of the functionality of a PC with the benefits of a touch tablet.

As Dell has transformed to a complete end-to-end solutions provider over the past few years from Storage & Networking to Services & Client devices, Windows 8 and the new line of Dell products running it are positioned to give customers exciting options in this space while maintaining the security and productivity that they have come to expect from Dell. For more information on any of the products mentioned in this blog visit either of the two links below:

Products on Dell.com: http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/touch-screen-laptops-and-desktops?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&ref=hp1

Information on DellTechCenter.com: http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/os-applications/w/wiki/3501.microsoft-windows-8-and-dell.aspx