Originally Posted by Orlando
Business users are more likely to need a device with a larger screen than the iPad and a proper keyboard. If they are already carrying a laptop and a smartphone then they do not need an iPad as well.
Most business use MS Office and I cannot see MS creating a version of Office for the iPad. iWork for the iPad looked nice but if everyone else is using Office it makes collaboration harder.
I therefore cannot see the iPad making serious inroads into businesses.
Which business users are likely to need a device with a larger screen? All business users?
Yes, if they're carrying a laptop and a smartphone, they don't need this. What if you don't need that laptop, but do need to check your email and view attachments on the road, on walk abouts in the office or when working from home.
I know a lot of employees and colleagues who are already eyeing the 'pad up as a replacement for unnecessary laptops that are currently used for nothing more than email and internet (we do a lot of high end video work, and the macbook simply isn't up to this, so all real work is on the mac pros and wintel boxes).
Additionally, I'm from one of those many companies who have blocked the flash plug in on all devices connected to the company network, so the lack of flash isn't an issue to us, and none of our local council or government contracts allow the use of flash in the work we create for them because of UK accessibility laws. This thing is perfect for presentations on the road, and the battery life sensational.
We don't use office, and if we need to send out word docs to people (very, very rarely) open office, neo office and pages do the job just fine.
"Business users are more likely to need a device with a larger screen than the iPad and a proper keyboard." Yes, that's called a laptop and it already exists.
I think the point is that one device doesn't fit every need. We have desktops, laptops, netbooks and smartphones. Now we have the iPad as an additional platform for low end jobs. It's not aiming to replace anything - it's aiming to fill the gaps between the current devices. It's a new market, and it's very exciting.