Windows 8 tablet market “slow”, says Dell

Windows 8 tablet market “slow”, says Dell

Company mulls a move into wearable tech to boost revenue.

Dell has admitted that sales of its tablets running on Windows 8 and
Windows RT are in the “hundreds of thousands” – and said sales of
tablets running the OS are unlikely to pick up for “some time”.
The company’s vice-president for PCs, Sam Burd, told The Guardian that takeup of the Windows 8 Latitude 10 and the Windows RT XPS 10 had been slow.
But the firm is hoping for a “ramp” in interest from enterprise
customers and might develop wearable gadgets to boost revenue, he said.
“Businesses are slow to adopt a new operating system,” he said. “But
tablets really need Windows 8 to sell well. Still, it is encouraging to
see some businesses deploying Windows 8 and tablets. It’s going to take
some time, and the jury is still out.”

A world of wearable tech
As PC sales continue to slow, Burd said Dell was keeping an eye on
smart watches and other wearable gadgets. Microsoft, LG and Apple are
thought to be working on smart watches, while Sony and Samsung have
confirmed they’re working on similar devices. Google is already
flaunting its wearable spectacles, Glass, as a “product that is the
future”.

Burd told The Guardian Dell is “exploring ideas in that space”.
“There are challenges in cost, and how to make it a really good
experience,” Burd told the Guardian. “But the piece that’s interesting
is that computers are getting smaller. Having a watch on your wrist –
that’s pretty interesting, pretty appealing.”
He added that the firm foresaw a world with “lots of connected devices”
as consumers moved away from desktop computing. “We haven’t announced
anything, but we are looking at the technology in that space,” he added.
Dell is currently in negotiations for a buyout, with shareholders
hoping to squeeze more out of founder Michael Dell following his $24.4
billion bid.
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