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Dell plans 10-inch Windows 7 tablet, shunts it to enterprise

updated 02:50 pm EST, Tue February 8, 2011

Dell to limit 10-inch Windows tablet to business

Dell during a pre-briefing for its new business PCs confirmed that it was developing a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet. The slate received few real details but, despite Microsoft hopes, would be limited to enterprise users. The design would be for companies whose workers need "greater mobility" but who still need to meet specific security requirements, Dell said.

The tablet will arrive sometime this year.

When launched, it will be Dell's first true touch-only tablet to run a Microsoft OS but will follow a pattern of companies being unwilling to promote Windows as a tablet OS for the mainstream. The Windows developer had first tried to push its OS as suitable for tablets in the home but faced a backlash after HP relegated the Slate 500 to the enterprise and a much smaller audience. While neither Dell nor HP has said why, the decision has been commonly blamed elsewhere on the lack of a truly touch-native Windows interface as well as a dependence on Intel Atom processors that have much lower battery life and can be subjectively slower than a device like an iPad.

A full touch-aware Windows OS may not show until Windows 8 in 2012. Dell currently has tablets but has so far left them to convertibles such as the Inspiron Duo and the Latitude XT series.

By Electronista Staff


  1. mytdave

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2000


    CIO speak

    The phrase "for companies whose workers need "greater mobility" but who still need to meet specific security requirements" is corp. speak for IT departments who refuse to learn anything but Windows.

    Yet another device stodgy IT depts. will adopt because it runs Windows - an OS with a mouse driven interface instead of a touch-UI - a device that none of the employees will want to use, so it'll sit on desks gathering dust. After wasting countless dollars enriching Dell, the tablets will just end up in a landfill after the companies realize their "investment" was a spectacular failure.

  1. MisterMe

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2007


    re: CIO speak

    The fact that this report appears on this site means that stodgy IT departments are already well aware that the Dell Windows 7 tablet is a spectacular failure. This is the kind sale that is made only after silver crosses palm.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005


    What Can Brown Do To You?

    Maybe Dell should have licensed the name ZunePad.

  1. rtamesis

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2000



    It still looks ugly.

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