Top 3 Reasons to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro

Top 3 Reasons to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro

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Guest Blog by Derek Oja Marketing Manager at MobileDemand

As a small, mid-size or even large business, your tablets and PCs are essential tools that affect everything you do. These Top 3 Reasons to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro describe an opportunity to get a radically improved set of tools and reduce costs and security risks at the same time. Can one simple choice help you increase efficiency and respond better to customers and opportunities? Absolutely, when it gives you new ways of working and fully leverages your existing IT infrastructure.

1.  Get 3x more business done.

Get more work done and serve customers faster from more locations. Everyday computing is more than 3x faster than on a four-year-old system, with responsive performance and true multitasking. New mobile form factors such as thin, rugged tablets let you respond to opportunities from virtually anywhere and instant-on technology wakes the system in less than 7 seconds.

2.  Better security for you and your customers.

New business PCs and tablets with Windows 8 Pro like the xTablet T1600 are built for business and engineered for advanced security—so your critical business data is protected by the very latest security technologies such as Intel® Identity Protection Technology. Combined with Windows 8 Pro and Office security capabilities, they deliver unprecedented embedded protection for your business.

3.  New ways to get business done.

Windows 8 Pro was built to work great on touch systems. You can take full advantage of everything Windows 8 has to offer with a mouse and keyboard or touch. Plus you will experience faster boot times, longer battery life, less memory usage and access to thousands of new apps from the Windows Store. You don’t have to choose between an advanced touch device and a hardworking PC, because you can get both.

Learn MoreUpgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro. Get in touch to find out how to benefit.

Why Choose xTablet Flex 10 Over an iPAD Air

Why Choose xTablet Flex 10 Over an iPAD Air

Ever since users started entrusting their field based productivity needs to iPAD’s and Android tablets manufacturers on the Microsoft platform have had a problem. A vast number of users have been looking for devices able to run Windows apps whilst being more robust than a consumer product but avoiding the steep cost overhead of traditional WinTel rugged tablets.

Why Choose xTablet Flex 10 Over an iPAD Air

xTablet Flex 10 is an entry level 10″ Windows 8.1 tablet with enough computing horsepower to run all but the most demanding applications. Ruggedness is provided by the pre-installation of a purpose made protective case, carry handle and back strap along with a super tough screen protector.

Why Choose xTablet Flex 10 over an iPAD Air – 3 Reasons

We love the iPAD Air but for many field based users who are looking to run traditional Office and desktop apps buying a device that does not run these apps natively can be an issue. Adding an aftermarket case for ruggedness can also prove problematic.

Technology

xTablet Flex 10 ships with a bang up to date environment comprising 4GB RAM, 64GB drive, WiFi Bluetooth and Windows 8.1.  The unit runs on Intel’s Bay Trail-T Z3770 processor and has a plethora of ports, 2 cameras Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity as well as an e-compass ambient light sensor, G-sensor and gyrometer.

The xTablet Flex 10 has a super sharp 10″ display which utilises 10-point capacitive multi-touch and also has a capacitive stylus.  WUXGA resolution with 1920 x 1200 pixels in 16:10 wide-format. Learn More.

Cost

2 versions with Wi-Fi are available at launch and are now shipping. Rates include UK delivery. What is the difference between the 2 versions?  In comparison a Wi-Fi 64GB iPAD Air is currently around £465 (£559 inc UK VAT) + a protective case.

  • Windows 8.1 with Bing at £532 (£638.40 inc UK VAT)
  • Windows Professional 8.1 at £646 (£775.20 inc UK VAT)

Call us about pricing in other EMEA countries.

Real Life Computing

xTablet Flex 10 Vehicle CradleAs well as the protective case xTablet Flex 10 is available with a variety of carry solutions and a vehicle cradle. The unit is rated to MIL-STD-810G so is able to survive 26 drops from four feet onto concrete. The screen protector enables the unit to survive a ten-ounce steel ball being dropped from three feet onto the screen.

 

Contact UsSo why choose xTablet Flex 10 over an iPAD Air ? Simple – when your mobile workforce needs a entry level rugged tablet that runs Microsoft apps…

How Windows 8.1 with Bing is Different from Windows 8.1 Professional

How Windows 8.1 with Bing is Different from Windows 8.1 Professional

 

How Windows 8.1 with Bing is Different from Windows 8.1 ProfessionalMicrosoft announced in May 2014 that it would launch a version of Windows 8.1 with a reduced set of features and capabilities. Clearly they are looking to allows OEM’s to compete with the open source OS’s especially Android.

No doubt they would like to emulate the reasons Android has remained dominant in the recent past especially in tablets:

  1. Lots of hardware buy in from OEM’s.
  2. Access to plenty of Apps.
  3. Having something more attractive price wise than an iPad.

I am sure Microsoft will be happy if this expands their reach especially in areas where they have been hammered in recent years by iOS and Android. Even if it does imply another nail in the coffin of RT. Products are shipping already including our own rugged tablets the xTablet Flex 10 and xTablet Flex 8

Is it much different to the Windows 8.1 that you are already used to?  No.

Key Features of Windows 8.1 with Bing

  • Lower price to compete with open source OS’s such as Android Chrome and Linux.
  • Internet Explorer and Bing search are the default browser and search location. Whilst the manufacturer cannot mess with them as defaults users can swap to others.
  • Users can load apps via the app store or load canned or custom desktop software as normal.
  • Want another browser – up to the user to download and install.
  • No “Side Load”. This refers to loading “app store” specifically “Start Screen apps” via non-store loading.
  • Cannot upgrade to 8.1 Pro or Enterprise.
  • Some commercial devices may be bundled with Microsoft Office or a one year subscription to Office 365.

Why do some Enterprise Mobility Users adopt Windows 8.1 Professional Instead.

  • Company Policy.
  • Security and Management.
  • Bitlocker and EFS for file encryption and protection.
  • Custom applications loading and management.
  • Windows domain.
  • Group policy – manage apps and rights by group.
  • Allow use of Hyper V a way of running Windows 7 apps.
  • Latest version of IE.

Windows 8.1 with Bing is similar to a tactic Microsoft used in the past to get users to adopt Windows Vista and Windows 7. Whilst these OS’s were crippled in some way 8.1 with Bing is a full install – hoorah!

How Windows 8.1 with Bing is Different from Windows 8.1 Professional

Get in touch to chat about the various OS options to consider during your enterprise mobility project.

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Panasonic Launches ATEX FZ-G1

Panasonic Launches ATEX FZ-G1

Panasonic Launches ATEX FZ-G1

Panasonic has launched an ATEX FZ-G1 version of the popular 10.1 inch Windows 8 Pro tablet. The device is designed for use in Zone 2 potentially explosive atmospheres in industries such as pharmaceutical oil and gas sectors.

 

 

The ATEX FZ-G1 has a special battery design which provides 8 hours of operation and is incorporated with the device in a purpose-built leather case.

The fully rugged unit is certified to MIL-STD-810G as well as an IP65 ingress protection rating for resistance to dust and water.

The ATEX FZ-G1 comes as standard with a high quality front web camera and optional 3MP rear camera with double flash capability for clear document, asset or site photos whatever the light conditions.

Panasonic Toughpad ATEX FZ-G1 Certifications

– II 3 G Ex ic nA IIB T3 Gc (with WWAN)

– II 3 G Ex ic nA IIC T3 Gc (without WWAN)

Panasonic Launches ATEX Version Of FZ-G1

ATEX FZ-G1 goes on sale in June 2014 and will be around £68 per month on a 36 month lease. Get in touch for further information.

T1400 Rugged Tablet PC Makes Case For Lower TCO Than Android

NEW T1400 Rugged Tablet PC Makes Case For Lower TCO Than Android 

T1400 Rugged Tablet PC

 

If you are looking for a thin and rugged tablet with an outdoor readable screen look no further than the New T1400 rugged tablet pc which is one of the thinnest (19mm) and lightest (1.1 kg) 10” Windows rugged tablets available.

 

 

Lower TCO than Android…

Traditional TCO for rugged tablets has focused on MTBF’s and the ability to work in harsh environments vs consumer orientated product meaning less failure and repair expense. Anecdotally Windows tablets have taken a beating compared to Android devices. Whilst this may be true in consumer in the B2B area it is not so clean cut. Many businesses have larger investments in Microsoft based infrastructure and skills which often make the adoption of new devices easier with a Windows OS. Even before you get to desktop productiveity tools.

As Gartner points out “Based on our TCO analysis, Windows 8 on Intel Tablets offer a promising outlook for IT organizations as they could be as much as ~25% less expensive to operate than other Tablets. Furthermore, Windows 8 on Intel Tablets provide IT organizations with added benefits in data management and security.”  Read Gartner Total Cost of Ownership for Tablets White Paper

3 TCO Impact Areas

  • Reduced software cost
  • Lower management costs
  • Improved end-user productivity

T1400 Rugged Tablet PC

 

The Techie Stuff…

T1400 is rated to IP65 and features an Intel Celeron N2920 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB SSD running either Windows 7 or 8.1 plenty of horsepower to handle all your standard Windows desktop and browser apps.

Capture high quality photos or video on either of two cameras, scan barcodes with the optional 2D imager, use GPS, attach wireless peripherals via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and connect to 4G LTE cellular networks. Multiple battery pack options and hot swap mean the unit can be used all day.

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Get in touch to discuss enterprise mobility TCO and how tablet computing can help energise your business.

 

Is Ubuntu relevant for Enterprise Mobility ?

Is Ubuntu relevant for Enterprise Mobility ?

Ubuntu is backed by Canonical

Firstly what is Ubuntu? It is a Debian Linux-based operating  system and is the most popular Linux version for desktop OS devices. It is used by those wanting more control over their system and as alternative to Microsoft. But, is Ubuntu relevant for Enterprise Mobility ?

 

Now as founder Mark Shuttleworth promised it has a mobile version offering users a desktop experience running on a smartphone. The OS for mobile is actually the same as OS for Ubuntu desktop, so if running solely on the phone or via an external monitor the display will be the same apart from screen size. This is similar to something we have already seen on the Motorola Atrix, but since Ubuntu is running as a full OS it will provide full OS features and interaction.

Ubuntu Industry Proposition

Variants of Ubuntu are already available on Nexus 7 and Android high end devices with multi-core processors. When installed on Android the user will only access Ubuntu when docked with an external monitor. It turns your smartphone into a smartphone/PC.

What about apps? There are already thousands of applications written for Ubuntu many of which are free. Developers have the easy task of changing the screen layout to fit a smartphone screen.

What does this mean for Android and iOS ?

Competition and possibly lots of it. The Ubuntu phone OS is aimed at two communities.

  1. The Enterprise where companies are looking to combine phone thin client and desktop into one highly secure device. The attraction being that you end up with all the security of UNIX in your in pocket whilst using the same Ubuntu management tools from the desktop and server deployments.
  2. The Consumer where network providers want to bring lean beautiful smartphones to market that help to differentate their offerings from each other.

One major advantage of Ubuntu phone is the ability to upgrade the OS when a new release becomes available. If you have ever had an older Android phone and are stuck on V2.1 you’ll know frustrating it is when you’d like to upgrade. Thankfully this is not the case with Ubuntu phone.

Will Enterprise Mobility Device Users Flock to Ubuntu?

Is Ubuntu relevant for Enterprise Mobility ?. Unclear at present but it has potential and should be good for apps that primarily access the web.

It will be interesting to see how Ubuntu does in the battle for market share apart from being free, it certainly looks to tick all the boxes for corporate users.

  1. Close alliance with ARM. Will help convince the corporate community to invest in new non “WinTel” product.
  2. Makes further sense of building apps in HTML 5. No need to adopt another “native” environment for mobile application development good news for return on investment.
  3. High Degree of Security. Already a key element of enterprise mobility deployments.
  4. Desktop/Phone Compatibility. Could enable a whole new category of apps combining mobile and at desk elements.
  5. It may well add another dimension to the ongoing debate about BYOD – Bring Your Own Device.

Get in touch to book your free webinar or consultation visit and see how we can help you wade through the options for your Enterprise Mobility project.

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MobileDemand Introduces World’s First Windows 8 Rugged Tablet PC

MobileDemand Introduces World’s First Windows 8 Rugged Tablet PC

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xTablet T1200 Windows 8 Rugged Tablet PC

MobileDemand have announced the launch of the high-performance, all-light readable xTablet T1200 Windows 8 Rugged Tablet PC. This best-in-class military grade rugged tablet was developed to bolster productivity for mobile users who work in demanding environments such as utilities, mining, oil and gas exploration, construction, facilities management, field service, mobile supply chain management and public safety.

Windows 8 Rugged Tablet PC get more done, faster !

The xTablet T1200 bolsters productivity for mobile users who work in demanding environments. This fully rugged tablet provides great total cost of ownership and long-term savings over non-rugged devices with near 100% up time in mission critical line of business applications.

xTablet T1200 Features

  • 10.4″ multi-touch resistive 10.4” LCD display.
  • Powered by the latest Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3427U processor and either the Windows 8 or Windows 7 Professional operating system.
  • Multi-touch, full drive encryption of Windows Bitlocker, the Windows Defender anti-virus application and VPN with Windows 8.
  • Mobile workers stay connected with the optional 4G LTE or 3G Gobi WWAN radios and wireless networks.
  • IP65, MIL-STD 810G/F certified. That means your information is safe even if dropped shocked or exposed to water and dust.
  • Two 6-cell 116 watt-hour hot swappable batteries last a full shift or longer – up to 10 hours.
  • Supports a 64 GB to 256 GB and beyond mSATA solid state drive with an option to add a second high capacity hard disk drive.
  • Two USB 3.0 ports and an integrated RS-232 serial port, plus 3G, 4G LTE and Bluetooth 4.0 communications.
  • Integrated bar code scanner and RFID reader, built-in numeric keypad.
  • High resolution font facing and 5 MP rear facing camera, integrated GPS, PCMCIA, SDHC and smart card reader.

Read the full launch press release on xTablet T1200

T1200 will come with the usual huge range of accessories that make a rugged tablet PC easier to use in the field.

How can a NEW xTablet T1200 rugged tablet PC help in your Enterprise Mobility deployment ? – T1200 will be available in January 2013 sign up to  try one FREE for 10 days.

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