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Windows Tablets for Enterprise Total Economic Impact

image Forrester has published a new document, Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Windows Tablets – Cost Savings and Business Benefits Enabled by Windows Tablets for the Enterprise.” 

Forrester collected data from 60 enterprise organizations currently using Windows or non-Windows tablets.  The subsequent analysis found a solid 128% ROI and many benefits specific to Windows devices:

  • 46% improved productivity for “road warriors”
  • Device consolidation and reduced device purchase costs
  • Reduction in annual device licensing, management, and support costs
  • Reduction in annual costs related to device security
  • Reduced errors from users of Windows tablet devices


If you are a customer of mine and have interest in this report, please get in touch with me.

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Hyatt chooses Windows Phones over iPhone & Android… saves 33 Percent

I have nothing more to add… just want to share the story.

“We can make changes on-the-go to spreadsheets and presentations. And the interoperability between desktop and Windows Phone is seamless.” -Mike Blake, Global CIO

When Hyatt Hotels was ready to replace BlackBerry phones it deemed “archaic,” it turned to Windows Phone over iPhone and Android. Now, corporate managers and executives edit documents on the phones by using the same Microsoft Office 365 applications that they use everywhere else. Hotel staff has successfully tested the phones for line-of-business apps such as check-in service. And total cost of ownership has declined by 33 percent.

Check out the Case Study:  Hyatt Corporation

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Tim Cook and Apple’s Fuzzy Math

I am now back at home in Michigan (arrived Sunday morning after my 24 hours of travel from Nairobi Kenya) and decided to use Monday as a recovery day from my two week work engagement in Kenya.

On Monday, I decided to watch Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 14 Keynote.  It took Tim Cook a total of 10 minutes and 45 seconds to try and take a swipe at Microsoft.  Mr. Cook showcased the following slide:


The slide shows that Mavericks has been adopted by 51% of the Mac install based which is roughly 40 million users running OS X Mavericks.  He then compared that percentage against Windows 8/8.1 which has about 14% of the install based and said “need I say more?” 

Well Tim, you do need to say more.  As pointed out by several media outlets and bloggers, the devil is always in the details.  It is estimated that 1.25 billion people are running Windows and has nearly 91% of  the worldwide PC market.  By my estimation, Windows 8/8.1 is then running on nearly 175 million devices worldwide.

I really liked how WMPowerUser summarized this on their blog post – Apple’s Latest Blunder During WWDC Keynote, Comparing Windows 8 Adoption With OS X Mavericks:

He [Tim Cook] made this point to developers to highlight the fact that OS X has more users on the latest version, but as per his stats developers should target over 140 million Windows 8 users instead of much less in number OS X users.

If I use StatCounter’s website by selecting the Desktop and Tablet Operating System, it appears to me that Windows 8/8.1 is NOW the 2nd most popular OS Worldwide.


Windows 7 sits at the #1 spot with 48.54% of the market, Windows XP is slowly decreasing and is currently powering 13.72% of the worldwide market.

How do they rank?  Here it is:

  • Windows 7 = 48.54%
  • Windows 8/8.1 = 13.75%
  • Windows XP = 13.72%
  • iOS = 7.72%
  • Mac OS X = 7.6%
  • Windows Vista = 3.36%

Some may ask if it is unfair that I’ve combined Windows 8 with Windows 8.1.  I don’t think so.  The main point of the conversation is to figure out what platform to target when developing apps.  Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have the same core and API runtime (WinRT) so they can be viewed the same when trying to look at the numbers of potential devices to target your application.  As a developer, you can target the 7.6% of devices running on Mac OS X, or the 13.75% of the market running Windows 8 and 8.1.

How are the numbers when looking at the United States Only?


  • Windows 7 = 37.89%
  • Windows 8/8.1 = 14.47%
  • Mac OS X = 14.06%
  • Windows XP = 12.67%
  • iOS = 10.06%
  • Windows Vista = 4.53%

To provide a different view, here are the stats from Net Applications (May 2014):


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Revamped Studio–Fox News Embraces Windows 8

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Yesterday, Shepard Smith introduced his new Studio where he highlighted their re-worked News Desk.  The newsroom is outfitted with a number of BATS (big area touchscreens) which are 55-inch Windows 8 devices.


You can watch the 5-minute video which showcases the new studio and you will notice that the devices are Windows 8.

There were a number of blogs about this yesterday.  Here are a few that I have found:

Fox News adopts Windows 8 and huge 55-inch touchscreen computers that dwarf humans

Fox News reinvents tablet journalism with 55-inch slates

Fox News Replaces Desks With Ridiculously Large Touchscreens

Why Is the Fox News Room Full of Absurdly Giant iPads?

Fox News And Its Big-Ass Touchscreens

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Are iPads jeopardizing your IT Budget?

imageI continue to be amazed by the reaction I get when I tell the Windows tablet story directly to my customers or when I do large audience presentations at user groups or conventions.  On one hand, I’m extremely grateful to the positive reaction I receive… on the other, I’m shocked that more people don’t know or understand the story.

The Windows and Devices story is very simple.  Without a doubt, end-users are demanding for increased mobility solutions so they can do their work in the office or away from the office.  With a Windows Tablet, you are getting an integrated experience on a beautiful, fast, and light-weight device that can meet these demands.  At the same time, you are getting a device that the information technology department can support at a lower total cost of ownership.  This is a Win-Win proposition for you and for your company, school, government agency, church, not-for-profit organization, etc.

Let’s dig into this a little more in 3 parts:

  • Devices and Experiences End-Users will love
  • Enterprise Grade Security and Management
  • Lower Cost Tablet Solution

Devices and Experiences End-Users will love


When you buy a Windows Tablet, you aren’t just buying a tablet device.  You are buying into the most advanced, rich ecosystem made available.  From a consumer perspective, Windows pulls in rich assets that you have come to know and love, such as:  Outlook.com, SkyDrive, People, Skype, XBOX Music, Bing, Bing Maps, Internet Explorer, Office, Store, XBOX Video, Games, SmartGlass, Photos, and so much more.  You can also use 3rd party applications that you may be familiar with as well:  Firefox, Chrome, iTunes, Adobe’s Photoshop or their Creative Cloud, TurboTax, and many more (there are literally millions of apps available for your Windows 8 device*).

You don’t have to compromise with a Windows device.  Windows brings the best touch-optimized experience to your fingertips and allows you to continue to leverage the keyboard and mouse for your traditional desktop applications.  Additionally, you get the things that matter to you – USB ports, Video Ports, and storage extension capabilities (i.e. microSD cards).  You get wireless networking, wireless printing, wireless display (miracast), multi-monitor support and so much more.

You truly get the best of both worlds in a single device.

Enterprise Grade Security and Management


Many organizations are facing the dilemma and the complexity with this new world of work as a result of device proliferation.  When you buy a Windows Tablet, you are buying a device that your IT organization can more readily support.  For years, IT has invested in the core components to support the security and manageability of Windows devices.

Windows Tablets (running Windows 8 / 8.1) are more secure than any preceding Windows device.  Designed with secure boot and trusted boot, Windows provides the first layer of defense to help prevent rootkits and bootkits from loading during the startup process.

Windows has had Full Drive Encryption since Windows Vista, but with the availability of Windows 8.1, Full Drive Encryption is made available and turned on for all Windows devices… giving IT the confidence that intellectual property remains protected in the event of a lost or stolen device.

Microsoft also has a first-class anti-malware solution with Windows Defender (for consumer or unmanaged scenarios) and System Center EndPoint Protection (for managed or large enterprises).  There has been so much work put into the Windows 8.1 security capabilities – including multi-factor authentication, virtual smartcards, biometrics, and remote business data removal.

You can read more about the security improvements with Windows 8.1 from Microsoft TechNet.


As it relates to management, organizations have already invested in an existing ESD (Enterprise Software Distribution) solution to manage their systems.  These existing investments are positioned to manage Windows based tablets**.  With System Center Configuration Manager 2012, there have been additional investments that have been made to support consumerization of IT and the new user-centric work model.

Microsoft’s Windows Intune solution (which is a cloud based management solution) provides your organization with a robust mobile device management solution that gives your IT organization a unified experience (combined with System Center 2012 SP1)  to manage all of your IT assets – desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile devices (Windows Phone, iOS, Android), servers, applications, company/software portals, etc.

If your organization already has a 3rd party MDM solution, Windows 8.1 has been equipped to use the Open Mobile Alliance Device Management protocols without an additional agent.  Starting with Windows 8.1 General Availability, you will be able to use Windows Intune OR AirWatch OR Mobile Iron as your MDM solution.

In a recent discussion with a CIO of a large enterprise organization, the CIO referenced how costly MDM is for his IT budget and he’s trying to find ways to reduce the overall costs to support BYOD.  The situation with most 3rd party MDM solutions is that it is device based.  So, if you have an employee with an iPhone, an iPad, and an Android device, that is 3 separate licenses you have to purchase. 

($$ per device X N devices X # of employees adds up real quick)

Windows Intune is per user.  With a Windows Intune license, Microsoft gives the employee the ability to use 5 devices with that single license.

Microsoft’s licensing has gotten so much better over the years as the company transitions to a devices and services company.  Office 365 is a per user license that also allows you to use Office on 5 devices.

Lower Cost Tablet Solution

Earlier in the year I shared two publications that may be of interest to you:

But, I want to take it a step further and simplify the discussion.  One of my colleagues was working with her enterprise customer on a tablet proof-of-concept.  By working with this customer, there was a very compelling slide that they jointly put together for their analysis.  I, in turn, shared this with one of my enterprise customers and they validated the same findings.

Here was the simple slide*** that was put together.


The story is simple.  With an iPad (or Android device), you have to think about all of the “extras” that generally get lost in the discussion.  If you want to print, it’s going to cost you $.  If you want document sharing, it’s going to cost you $$.  If you want to manage the device, it’s going to cost you $$$.  In the end, it just simply costs you more.  [Note – since the creation of the slide, Apple has made iWorks Free]

With a Windows device****, the investments you have already made can be leveraged.  You have a rich productivity solution in Microsoft Office, you can manage the device with your existing enterprise software distribution tools (such as Configuration Manager 2012), you are able to print, and you are able to balance fun (consuming services such as email, browsing the web, watching videos or listening to music) with work (Office productivity apps, existing LOB app investments like SAP, Oracle Financials, CRM, etc.).

The numbers speak for themselves.  In this quick analysis, the iPad device is a costly extension of your current computer or laptop.  With a Windows tablet device, you are buying into a rich ecosystem that is the lower cost option to support and manage.


In summary, an iPad (or Android device) puts great strain on your IT budget and resources to manage this complex environment (from add-ons like the ability to print or 3rd party MDM licensing). 

Bring Your Own Device is still a hot topic during my conversations with my customers.  But, I find that many in the IT field that are having to support BYOD really refer to it as “Bring Your Own Disaster.”

With Windows and Windows-based Tablets, you can simplify your workload and bring relief to your IT budget with a simplified, unified user and IT experience. 

On October 18, 2014, Windows 8.1 will also bring many enterprise-grade features that will help turn BYOD from a disaster, to a real opportunity.  Check out the Springboard series blog on What’s New For The Enterprise in  Windows 8.1.

*with a Windows 8 / 8.1 Professional Device.  A Windows RT device does NOT run your traditional applications with the exception of the Microsoft Office Home & Student Edition.  With Windows RT, you can run any of the modern applications made available through the Windows Store.

**depending on your current version of ESD and support model, there may be an upgrade requirement to support Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

***Pricing are examples and may not be actual prices reflected in your actual costs analysis.

****Surface Pro was used as an example for this comparison.  Any modern Windows Tablet can be used… including the great Windows Tablets from the OEM ecosystem such as:  Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, Dell Latitude 10, HP ElitePad 900, Lenovo Helix, as well as tablets from Samsung, ASUS, and Acer.  Pick the tablet that will work for your business scenario and do the comparison yourself.


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Windows 8 is 3rd most popular OS Worldwide

During the month of June, I predicted that Windows 8 would become the 3rd most popular Operating System Worldwide by August.  Well, I was close… I’m not actually sure when Windows 8 surpassed Mac OS X, but it has finally happened.  As you can see from the data StatCounter collects, Windows 8 has garnered 7.86% of Worldwide usage.  Windows 7 is still leading and will for sometime.  It is also good to see that Windows XP has moved to 19.19% (down from 21.22% in June).

Worldwide Stats


United States States

In the United States, StatCounter has Windows 8 as the fourth most utilized operating system, sitting at 8.8%… right behind Windows 7 (45.13%), Mac OS X (13.48%), and Windows XP (11.82%).


Countdown to Windows XP End-of-Life

Windows XP goes End-of-Life on April 8, 2014.  There are still too many Windows XP machines deployed  in the market.  I hope to see this number get close to 0% before April as there are potentially serious consequences that may happen as a result.

In a Microsoft Security Blog post by Tim Rains, he probably shares the thing that concerns me most (commenting on when Microsoft creates a patch for supported operating systems):

after April 8, 2014, organizations that continue to run Windows XP won’t have this advantage over attackers any longer.  The very first month that Microsoft releases security updates for supported versions of Windows, attackers will reverse engineer those updates, find the vulnerabilities and test Windows XP to see if it shares those vulnerabilities.  If it does, attackers will attempt to develop exploit code that can take advantage of those vulnerabilities on Windows XP.  Since a security update will never become available for Windows XP to address these vulnerabilities, Windows XP will essentially have a “zero day” vulnerability forever.

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Turn ANY surface into a Touch Screen


I first want to thank my colleague, Adam Ward, for bringing this to my attention.  I had a discussion with him earlier this week when he asked if I had seen or heard about a company, Ubi Interactive, that has a product that could turn any surface into a touch screen.  During that conversation, we were discussing the many applicable scenarios where this could come into play… manufacturing, healthcare, sales, interactive kiosks, etc.

After we concluded our call, I started to do some more investigation and I thought I would share with you my findings.  At the time of this writing, I still haven’t touched or seen this product in action (except for the video below).  But, I agree with Adam… there are many applicable use cases.  As of yesterday, I have placed my order.


What is it?

imageUbi software with the combination of the Kinect for Windows device and a Windows 8 PC, Laptop, or Tablet can turn any surface into an interactive and natural touch display.

From Ubi’s blog, they share the countless experiences that this solution can solve, including:

  • What if business professionals could demo a product in a team meeting room by just walking up to the wall and touching it?
  • What if professors could engage their students by teaching their lesson plan in an interactive lecture hall?
  • What if shoppers could still get product information on a retail store window when it was closed?
  • What if mom’s famous chocolate chip cookie recipe was projected onto a kitchen counter?
  • What if kids could use their entire bedroom wall to play Angry Birds?

Now corporate offices can bring collaboration to an all-time high. Teachers can gauge student interest by teaching interactive material. Retailers can engage customers with their brand by using interactive in-store displays. The possibilities are truly endless.

The Ubi technology extends to all kinds of people and has implications of revolutionizing the way we live our day-to-day lives.

Here is a quick video showcase Ubi


Ubi Interactive Story?

Ubi was originally founded and incubated at the Technical University of Munich and the Center for Digital Technology and Management in Munich, Germany. We found a new home in Seattle when we were selected by Microsoft as one of the eleven promising companies, who were chosen from all over the world to be part of its first accelerator program. During this program we developed and perfected our technology making use of the close technical and business guidance from Microsoft.

Our unique technology has caught the world attention and has been featured in CNN, Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine etc. Microsoft called us as the future of digital displays and featured us in the World Partner Conference 2012.

What does it cost?

As of this writing, Ubi has the current pricing model:


Please go to their website to ensure this pricing hasn’t changed.

Additional Info

If you would like to learn more, click on one of these links:

Ubi Interactive Website

Ubi FAQs

Ubi Order

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