A Windows tablet is a portable computer that runs the Windows operating system. It is different from other tablets in several ways. First, it uses an Intel x86 or Atom processor instead of an ARM processor found in most other tablets. Windows tablets offer a great alternative to devices running Android or iOS and come with the same familiar layout, features and programs you’re used to on your PC or laptop. You can run your office applications such as Word and Excel and get a similar experience to your other computers, particularly if you add in a keyboard.
Many Windows tablets can be connected to a docking station allowing them to serve as a PC. Even models without a dock option usually feature a USB port which means you can plug into a universal dock or hub to get similar functionality and hook up your screens, keyboard mice and other office peripherals.
If you need a tablet for business use, the chances are you will benefit from the ability to multitask. Windows tablets have the edge in this area and are capable of displaying multiple apps on the screen simultaneously. This is not possible with Apple devices and the few Android tablets that have this capability don’t do this well. Another benefit is the ability to work seamlessly across multiple devices and locations. You can start working on a file on say your laptop or PC and pick up where you left off on your Windows tablet via your Microsoft account.
There are several other advantages a Windows tablet offers, especially if you’re a business user. Application support for certain apps is better than on tablets running on other operating systems. If you want to run PhotoShop for example, you can install the full desktop app on a Windows tablet with the right specs whereas functionality on Android tablets and iPads will be limited. Collaboration and communication tools are baked into the Windows operating system and are typically better than those available on iOS or Android tablets. The same applies to pen support which is more limited and less precise on iPads and is less well supported by the apps available on Android devices.
Those are some of the pros for Windows tablets. There are a few potential cons too. Compared to Android tablets, Windows devices tend to be more expensive and comparable to laptops, particularly models with half decent specs like the Microsoft Surface Pro. The Windows OS is more prone to viruses and malware and when it comes to apps, the marketplaces for both Android and iOS are vastly superior in terms of choice. The same goes for the choice of tablet accessories.