“Microsoft is using its home field advantage in the business market to alter the playing field between its upcoming low cost Windows RT tablets (formerly called Windows on ARM or WOA tablets) and the iPad,” Ryan Faas reports for Cult of Mac. “To date, the iPad has been the business and enterprise tablet of choice and that gives Apple a significant leg up over competing Windows RT tablets.”
“Aiming to neutralize that advantage, Microsoft has written Windows 8 licensing for enterprise organizations in a way that makes supporting the iPad and other non-Microsoft devices more expensive – essentially penalizing companies that opt for the iPad and want to use a virtual desktop (VDI) solution such as those from Citrix and VMWare for remote access to a Windows desktop,” Faas reports.
Faas reports, “As Paul DeGroot, principal analyst at Pica Communications, a Microsoft licensing consultancy told CRN the new model is ‘basically a penalty for not buying a Windows RT tablet.’ This could be a game changer for some organizations, particularly those that haven’t begun integrating iPads already.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Or it’s yet another reason to make your company Microsoft-free.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]