Could 2014 be the year of the Windows tablet?

Microsoft Surface Pro 2. (Microsoft)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2. (Microsoft)

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Analysts seem to think so and are predicting that over the next 12 months devices like the Surface Pro could overtake the iPad in terms of popularity.

The reason why Aberdeen Group analysts in particular are confident about Windows tablets taking hold this year is because of businesses. Companies are getting ready to replace their computers and, just as company desktops made way for company notebooks, company notebooks are about to make way for tablets.

And of course, as with business notebooks, consumers are going to be taking their business tablets home.

Apple and Android tablets are already starting to make their way into consumers' professional lives, but most businesses still use Windows, and the benefit of being able to buy new devices that run on existing software, rather than having to develop apps or address IT security problems, will be just too good to ignore.

But as well as sneaking into consumers' homes via their jobs, Microsoft is hoping that the third generation of its Surface device will be good enough to win consumers' hearts and minds outright.

According to the latest reports, a 64-bit Surface 3 with a serious Nvidia Tegra K1 processor is in the works, as is a small Surface "Mini" with an 8-inch screen and built-in 4G/LTE mobile Internet. Both devices are expected to be revealed later this year with the Mini expected to arrive as soon as April.


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