re: Dell Latitude Tablets Go On DEA Stakeouts
That's all true-- it's the form factor, screen and peripherals that the DEA likes, not Windows 8. As the article says:
"Most agents work in Windows 7 via VDI, so the
merits of Windows 8, the Latitude's native OS, was not why the DEA
picked the tablet. Shafernich said mobile apps and touch are 'fun
outside of work' but that the Latitudes appeal because of their
pragmatic qualities, such as easy integration into the agency's existing
security and networking infrastructure."
It should probably be pointed out that some other tablet deployments (e.g. Seton Hall, Clear Creek Independent School District) have involved the appeal of not only the tablet form factor but also Windows 8. But in this case, the DEA is interested because Dell built a useful machine. That the Latitudes run Windows 8 was important only insofar as the devices use a Windows OS; Shafernich made clear that he prefers managing Windows to iOS. But that's not really about Win8 in particular.
Michael Endler, IW Associate Editor