Office 365 May Drive Microsoft Surface, Windows 8 Tablet Sales
Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud service, may drive business demand for Microsoft Surface and Windows 8 tablet sales, The VAR Guy believes. Where’s the evidence? Just listen to Samsung, Lenovo and Seton Hall University. Here’s the update.
As reported, Seton Hall University is standardizing students on Samsung Windows 8 tablets and ultrabooks. One reason why: Tight integration with Office 365 for Education, according to a prepared statement from Seton Hall CIO Stephen Landry.
Meanwhile, Lenovo says ThinkPad Tablet 2 running Windows 8 will be tightly integrated with Outlook, Lync, SharePoint, Active Directory and other Microsoft applications. Lenovo made the integration promise yesterday during a media gathering in New York. The statement basically extends to the cloud, where Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online live.
It’s clear Lenovo is trying to box Apple’s iPad into the consumer market, insisting CIOs want business-enabled endpoints (tablets, ultrabooks, etc.) that support corporate software standards. Seton Hall’s CIO seems to agree. Will more CIOs raise their hands in agreement? The VAR Guy is betting… yes.