If a little late to the party, Dell is ready to get into the tablet business with the help of Microsoft and its new Windows 8 operating platform. "We have a road map for tablets that we haven't announced yet,” Dell's chief commercial officer Steve Felice tells Reuters. Along with market leader Apple, the news should be a tough pill for Google to swallow considering that Dell previously ditched a tablet, which was based on the Android operating system software.
"We're very encouraged by the touch capability we are seeing in the beta versions of Windows 8," Felice said. (Felice added that making Android tablets isn’t out of the question.) Other computer makers eschewing Android for Windows 8 include Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and Nokia, according to Reuters. The question, however, is whether Dell and others can loosen Apple’s hold on the tablet market. Felice, for his part, his sure of it. "We don't think that this market is closed off in any way,” he tells Reuters. Apple’s success, in fact, could end up helping Dell.
As Reuters writes, citing comments from a Dell exec: “A growing dissatisfaction among office workers with the clunky computers their employers force them to use, in contrast to the sleek Apple devices many have at home, could yet benefit incumbent suppliers like Dell.”