Enterprises are leaning towards adoption of full Intel-based Windows 8 devices, rather than lighter-weight Windows RT devices running on ARM processors. At a press event in London earlier this week, a customer panel made up of representatives from BT, Poste Italiane and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service all said that they were unlikely to invest in Windows RT.
"I don't think we'll see BT buy many RT devices," said Peter Scott, consultant at BT. "Obviously we'll see them appear in the BYOD (bring your own device) space."
Edwin MacGillavry, deputy director of the Bureau for Criminal Law Studies at the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, said that the DPPS would not be using Windows RT because it does not offer the complete range of security options.
"I would say it's nice for some people but for us security is paramount so from that point of view we will stick to the Intel x86 machines," he said.
Meanwhile, Vincent Nicola Santacroce, head of research and development at Poste Italiane, said that the organisation was still investigating Windows RT, but that it "doesn't want to move to something that looks like an iPad with all the limitations of that".