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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

"Our commercial notebook business is commercially strong and has continued to grow over the last 15 quarters," he said.

Kent admits that the market is "tough, flat and declining," but that Lenovo is one of the few vendors that continues to grow regardless.

"What we do see is needs changing," he said.

"What it gives us in this convertible is if someone does not want to carry a separate tablet and notebook."

When it comes to the upgrade cycle, if someone is interested beyond merely a notebook or tablet, then Kent expects they will potentially look for a hybrid.

"We're not expecting everyone to throw away their notebooks and buy the Helix," he said.

"Those who want to continue using their notebook for work may still want to buy a tablet separately."

When it comes to a premium hybrid convertible that meets the needs of those who travel a lot and are not locked down in an office, Kent said there is a market for the Helix.

As an example, the Helix is likely to appeal to CIOs who need a "secure, scalable solution" that they can manage within their existing infrastructure without having to "make massive changes to it."

"We don't see it wiping out notebooks, but as a more modern version of the 'road warrior' tool," he said.


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