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Dell earlier this week announced plans to offer a business-ready Windows 7 tablet with a 10-inch screen later this year. Whether or not Windows 7 in its current form is a suitable operating system for tablets remains to be seen. HP last year waffled between offering a Slate tablet running Windows 7 and putting out its own webOS device. It finally committed to webOS. Shortly afterward, it said it would put out a Windows 7 tablet for the enterprise. The webOS promise came to fruition this week with the TouchPad; the Windows 7 tablet came in October with the Slate 500.
I've got(and am typing this post on)an EXOPC, and I can absolutely see a tabet like EXOPC competing head-to-head as a consumer device, AS WELL as in an enterprise space. I've got W7 at home and work, and the integration is completely seamless - my IT guys HATE the extra steps and labor that goes into supporting iPad and other devices, and I love how easy it was to network my tablet with my home PC, especially for viewing movies on my home system.
Thousands of pre-existing apps, plug-and-play capabilities and the ability to customize more than any other platform? Yes please.