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Windows 8 Update: Lenovo announces a tablet designed for the workplace

Tim Greene | Aug. 10, 2012
Lenovo is embracing Windows 8 with a made-for-Windows 8 tablet - the ThinkPad Tablet 2 - ready for when the new operating system launches in October and is pitching it for enterprises.

Lenovo is embracing Windows 8 with a made-for-Windows 8 tablet - the ThinkPad Tablet 2 - ready for when the new operating system launches in October and is pitching it for enterprises.

"While users will like the tablet for its aesthetics and powerful features," Lenovo says in a press release, "IT managers will particularly enjoy its security-enhanced and manageability technologies."

These include an optional fingerprint reader, encrypted internal and external storage. Windows 8 Pro models support VPN access and can be managed using an existing Windows tool. IT administrators can manage application deployment and block users from installing certain apps, the company says. Lenovo says it will offer sealed battery warranties, accidental damage protection and custom imaging among other add-on services.

An optional keyboard and docking stand make it suitable "for more PC-like computing in the office," Lenovo says.

The company has no pricing yet, but the device is thin (9.8 mm) and versatile (it comes in 3G and 4G models with a USB port). Its screen is an ample 10.1 inches (the iPad's is 9.7 inches), and the device will based on a low-power Intel Atom processor, which should help boost battery life. It supports multi-fingered input and an optional digitizer and pen, and comes with front- and rear-facing cameras, noise-canceling microphones and an HDMI port.

At the same time, Lenovo is wooing developers to create Windows 8 applications that can be sold in the Lenovo section of the Windows store. In announcing the program the company mentioned some unique features of Lenovo devices that these apps will be able to utilize, but doesn't specify what they are. Lenovo says it will offer help developing and merchandising apps. The program starts next month, which is cutting it close to the Oct. 26 launch of Windows 8

Is this Windows 8 packaging?

The Verge got its hands on this image of Windows 8 packaging, one for the consumer version of the operating system and one for Windows 8 Pro, for the more technically sophisticated user.

There's no telling whether this actually is what Windows 8 will ship in come October.

No more Metro

For whatever reason, Microsoft has dumped the word Metro as the name for its graphics-centric design and touch-centric functionality as well as its applications written to the new Win RT application architecture.

The company claims Metro was never an official name, but that's all anybody's been using since Windows 8 was revealed last year, and people have become comfortable using the term. Some say there's a copyright flap over the name with a big German retailer named Metro and Microsoft is backing off. Regardless, Metro is officially not the name for anything Windows 8.

 

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