Dell 'Super Excited About Windows 8,' Vows No Dell Smartphones

Michael Dell talks plans for a bevy of mobile device to launch with Windows 8, weighs in on company's strategy for security, cloud computing.

By Kenneth Corbin
Tue, June 12, 2012

CIO — NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Dell Chairman and CEO Michael Dell is betting big that Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 operating system will be a hit with businesses and consumers alike.

Appearing in a wide-ranging on-stage interview here at market researcher Gartner's annual security and risk management conference, Dell offered insights into several of his company's rapidly evolving business lines, including the decision to walk away from Android tablets in the U.S. market in favor of Windows.

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"I think the Microsoft Windows 8 solution is going to be very attractive to customers for a number of reasons," Dell said. "You'll see us at launch, at Windows 8 launch, with a full complement of devices—tablets, hybrids, convertibles—you know every imaginable and maybe some unimaginable forms."

Dell said that he expects Windows 8 devices to enter the market with an attractive price point, and that in the business sector, where the company primarily plans to focus, shops that already run Windows will be inclined to remain in that environment as they deploy tablets and other new devices.

Windows 8 'Evolutionary'

Dell said he is "super excited about Windows 8 and what that brings to touch computing and tablets," saying the next iteration of the operating system will chart an "evolutionary path for Windows into tablets."

Dell also confirmed that the company plans to bring an ARM-based tablet to market. But his enthusiasm for mobile devices does not extend into the smartphone arena. He said in no uncertain terms that the company has no plans to bring a phone to market.

"You're not going to see us in phones, not in terms of hardware," he said.

As for Android and Apple devices, Dell said that the company is making a bid to offer businesses support through its expanding services division, which takes a "device-agnostic" approach.

"If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, we want to manage and secure that for you," he said.

Those efforts tie into Dell's work on desktop virtualization, which includes integration with mobile devices running Android or iOS. Dell indicated that the company will introduce a new package of software for securing and managing Apple and Android devices in a virtualized desktop environment later this year.

Asked if he had considered abandoning PC production as IBM did and HP has signaled it is considering, Dell dismissed the idea, saying that the company remains committed to its traditional PC business while embracing the transition to virtualized environments.

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