While the global corporate launch of Windows Vista has largely centred on convincing enterprises to split with their hard-earned cash and upgrade their current desktops, manufacturers are also hoping that it will help boost the still dormant sales of a less successful technology: the Tablet PC.
Previous incarnations of the Tablet PC -- which uses a pen-like stylus to input information directly on screen -- have used their own custom version of Windows as an operating system, but Vista is designed to run unchanged on conventional PCs, notebooks and tablets.
That could provide the opportunity for tablets to be more widely adopted, especially if businesses choose to initially deploy Vista on new hardware rather than upgrading existing desktops, a strategy recommended by many analysts. "Enterprises should start to introduce the OS on new hardware, rather than upgrading existing XP systems with a large migration project," Forrester analyst Simon Yates wrote in an advisory to enterprise customers.
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