Above is an image of my trusty Blackberry Playbook with its new accessory – a bluetooth keyboard. Now you must be wondering why would I put a keyboard on a tablet? The answer is productivity. You see all the tablets on the market at the moment are consumption devices in that you browse the web, use Facebook etc. Have you ever tried to actually do work on them? It is not easy to be productive on tablets compared to a laptop for example. By adding a keyboard you effectively turn a tablet into a laptop and being productive becomes a lot easier (you can type without losing half the screen which you do with the onscreen keyboard).
So what? You still don’t have the software like Microsoft Office on tablets.
That is correct but that will soon be changing. Microsoft are in the midst of bringing out the Surface Pro which will run a full version of Windows 8 along with the ability to run Microsoft Office. By doing this Microsoft is giving the user a clear choice – do your work on a laptop, desktop or a tablet. If you are able to get the software you use on a daily basis on a tablet you can then use a tablet more productively. This is the first time that this has happened and it could be a game changer. When you just want a tablet you disconnect the keyboard but when you want to actually do work then you plug it back in – you are getting the best of both worlds.
If users are taken with the idea of Microsoft Office on a tablet then you might see laptop sales start to suffer (PC sales are still going down anyway) which could seriously hurt companies like Lenovo, Dell and HP. If however users are not really that bothered then tablets will continue to be used to consume data rather then produce it.
And what about my Playbook? I will probably use it more for consuming data than producing it but at least with its new keyboard I now have the choice.
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