The Death of BYOD Comes Closer at CES 2013

In today’s mobile era, workers are reluctant to part with their devices in exchange for company-issued BBs and aging laptops.  Smartphones and tablets offer greater convenience, improved user experience and have been proven to increase worker productivity on numerous occasions – but like with everything, there’s a catch.

The problem is that the bring-your-own-device trend is not confined to one operating system. Employees own iPhones, iPads, Android devices and everything in between; an actuality that makes it immensely difficult to secure every last phone or table on the corporate network. Apple’s closed-knit ecosystem – plus the fact that Android’s source code is completely open – is certainly not making things any easier for IT departments.

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A solution is in sight, however. Mark Hopkins pegs it the death of BYOD: the organic transition to Windows 8.

Microsoft’s mobile OS may not possess the market share of its rivals, but it represents a big opportunity for the enterprise.  Hopkins believes that Windows 8 devices, coupled with the right management software, will provide an extremely viable alternative to BYOD for both companies and workers.

This prediction is quickly turning into a trend.  Vizio, an emerging manufacturer that barely head enough time to establish a market presence, is already beefing up its line-up with a 11.6-inch Tablet that runs on Windows 8.  And the AMD-powered device, purposely spelled with a capital T, is not alone

Lenovo launched several new products over the weekend leading up to CES, including two all-in-one devices that are promoted as movable alternatives to Apple iMac. The Chinese PC maker also introduced a mobile monitor that’s essentially a table without the processor. All three hybrid devices represent something uniquely different tfrom the tablets we’ve come to know, and all three run on Windows 8.