Dell is developing a business-friendly tablet that works with Windows 8, and the company will start selling computers running the new Microsoft Corp software “on the exact day” it becomes available, Dell Inc Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell said.
Windows 8 is due later this year, though a release date hasn’t been set. Dell also will sell a range of personal computers running Windows 8 as soon as the software debuts.
The CEO said there’s growing demand for a tablet computer that runs the next version of Windows, which may help his company siphon away corporate customers from the iPad.
The goal is to entice business customers by running Microsoft’s Office applications — something Apple Inc’s tablet isn’t designed to do — and letting the device connect securely to corporate networks.
Tablet makers will sell a total of 103.5 million devices this year, with Apple accounting for two-thirds, Garter Inc. predicts. The figure will rise to 326.3 million in 2015.