Microsoft, HP blaze business tablet trail

blazeHewlett-Packard and Microsoft think the tablet is more lean forward than lean back. Are they right?

The PC has one (at least) distinct advantage over Apple. Windows 8.1 isn’t a mobile operating system like iOS. In other words, the same 64-bit Windows 8.1 that runs on a brawny desktop PC now runs on featherweight 8-inch and 10-inch tablets.

And that may be a good thing because the tablet is in dire need of new markets, with predictions that the rate of growth will drop sharply in 2014.

“As consumer shipments slow in many markets, commercial (business) shipments will grow as a percentage of the overall mix,” IDC said earlier this week.

Enter new HP ElitePad 1000. The tablet design itself isn’t especially unique, but the array of accessories that come with it, are.  More