HP drops Windows RT Tablet Plans Due to Microsoft Surface

Microsoft may have shot itself in the foot with the release of its own ARM-based Windows RT tablet. Announced last week, the Surface RT tablet appears to compare favorably to the iPad in many respects (while lacking a Retina-quality display), and has interesting lightweight and portable keyboards to go with it.

According to this report from hothardware.com, HP is giving up plans for an RT (ARM based) Windows 8 tablet and instead will create only Intel based Windows 8 tablets.

Time will tell if this affects suitability and availability of RT tablets for the enterprise. Some pundits think Microsoft needed to make its own branded hardware to compete with Apple’s iPad, but this always risks annoying their hardware partners.

Let’s hope Microsoft can make enough tablets to satisfy enterprise demand.

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Running Windows 8 Release Preview on VMWare Fusion 4.1.2 or VirtualBox

If you want to run the new Windows 8 Release Preview on a virtual machine–so that you don’t mess up your main Windows machine, or in case your main machine isn’t a Windows box–you can run it VMWare Fusion 4.1.2 (unofficially) or the latest version of VirtualBox (officially).

For VMWare Fusion, I found this link helpful:

http://www.lifeintech.com/blog/2012/6/1/installing-the-windows-8-release-preview.html

For VirtualBox, I just downloaded the latest version, and it supports Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit) automatically. Enjoy!

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Hello, mobile enterprise world!

Welcome to an exciting new blog about mobile app development for the Enterprise, including iOS, Android, and Windows 8.

There are lots of blogs and opinions about consumer-based mobile experiences, but here you’ll learn more about what makes mobile work for the enterprise.

I’m Lou Miranda, the Technical Sales Executive for Mobile at Magenic Technology. I’ll walk you through many of the exciting challenges facing enterprises as you reach out to consumers & employees with mobile solutions based on the Web (HTML 5, JQuery Mobile, etc.), iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV), Android (phones and tablets), and Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 (phones, tablets, laptops, & desktops).

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