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Businesses want Windows 8 Pro, not RT, with compact devices: Lenovo

Patrick Budmar | May 2, 2013
Notebook vendor goes with Windows 8 Pro for its ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook

While numerous vendors have released table devices that use Windows RT, Lenovo has gone with Windows 8 Pro for its hybrid notebook/tablet, ThinkPad Helix.

According to Lenovo Think PC and visual category manager, Simon Kent, Windows 8 Pro was that right choice because it is the "full version of Windows" and not "cut down" like RT, enabling users to use the Helix as a "proper Windows tool."

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"We don't believe that Windows RT is what businesses want," he said.

"This is particularly true for a premium product such as Helix, which gives you the performance and capability of a full Ultrabook as well as a business tablet."

Kent said there are "no shortcuts" in enabling something like that, so the full version of Windows 8 was the only logical choice.

"Even Microsoft has started to review the RT path they have gone down," he said.

When it came to the Helix, Kent said Lenovo was going a "full Windows experience," and admits that for that reason it is likely not going to be the cheapest convertible that is available on the market.

However, he said it is a "very good tool" for businesses that need a device that operates as an Ultrabook first and as manageable tablet second. Potentially have

"CEOs often come into their office and demand that their IT manager get the tablet to work on the local network," Kent said.

"Though they do not understand what is needed in terms of managing and locking that device down, or understanding what it is running from an applications perspective, and Helix has been designed with that in mind."

Double helix

One of the standout products of last year from Lenovo was the X-1 Carbon Ultrabook, which combined the ruggedness of the ThinkPad in a modern, compact design.

As for how the Helix stacks up to the X-1 Carbon, and whether an upgrade is justified or not, Kent said it ultimately comes down to the needs of the user.

"On one hand you have tablets which are used for web browsing, music and videos," he said. "On the other you have the Ultrabook, and what we're seeing is a demand for the two coming together."

For that reason, Lenovo has created a hybrid device that is able to cater for content consumption, but also features the portability of a tablet for a business environment.

The Helix takes it a step further by incorporating a pen digitiser and handwriting recognition for added flexibility.

Despite the ongoing popularity of tablets, Kent said that the notebook PC is "not dying at all."

 

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