But operating systems are of less importance now to business customers and there is more concern around data compatibility, security and program interoperability. Customers just want programs to run without worrying about what the user interface looks like, which cloud services and virtualization make possible, Hand said.
For example, Dell's Wyse subsidiary offers a set of tools that allows an iPad to pull data from a Chromebook, or run a Windows program from a remote PC through a desktop virtualization program.
In fact, specific operating systems may matter less in the future as the cloud plays a larger role in storing data and running applications, Hand said. The most important things will be securing data and what apps can do, Hand said.
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