Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Neustar, Inc.
Protect your website & network
using real-time information & analysis

www.neustar.biz
Microsoft/Windows
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Toshiba Windows 8.1 Tablet Gets Top IFA Looks
Toshiba Windows 8.1 Tablet Gets Top IFA Looks

By Nancy Owano
September 5, 2013 11:24AM

    Bookmark and Share
The Toshiba Encore is poised to re-energize the opportunity for Microsoft Windows tablets in the market. Windows has a lot to offer for a tablet user. With the new features that Windows 8.1 brings, we believe that Encore will deliver more choice against a range of competitive tablets, said Toshiba's Carl Pinto.
 



Hardware maker Toshiba used the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, on Thursday, to debut three affordable mobile devices. The trio included a laptop-tablet hybrid and a budget laptop, but the scene stealer is its first 8-inch Windows tablet.

Reports coming in from the IFA, a major trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, strongly focus on this tablet, dubbed Encore, as a credible contender to rival Apple, predicting that a full assault on the iPad mini may be only months away.

The $329.99 Toshiba Encore will go on sale in November, just in time for basking in the publicity as one of Microsoft's featured devices for its Windows 8.1 launch and campaign blitz for the holidays.

The Toshiba strategy goes well beyond rolling out a tablet for the holiday sales, though. Toshiba's move is aimed at coming out with a mainstream Windows tablet that can be promoted as a me-too device for play but that is also suitable for serious work.

The company described the Encore as a hardware platform that can deliver both the entertainment and productivity capabilities of Windows. As rivals such as Apple well know, beyond great design, productivity, like entertainment, is all about apps.

"Our fundamental approach to designing Encore was to create a better convergence of hardware and software so the overall app experience and capabilities on a Windows-based device is better than ever," said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, digital products division.

Office, Check

According to a Forrester survey earlier this year, when asked about OS and platform preference office workers said they used lots of Apple and Android devices but showed significant interest in using Windows 8 on their next tablets.

They can check off Word, Excel and PowerPoint on their wishlists with Encore as it comes free with Office Home & Student 2013.

Intel's new Bay Trail Atom will be powering Windows 8.1 in the Encore. The processor is said to help deliver fast page loads and good battery life. Encore is one of the first Bay Trail-based tablets to hit the market.

The other attention grabber is that the Encore is versatile. The Encore will carry "Xbox second-screen" capabilities. This means that the tablet will be able to operate as a secondary screen for the Xbox One, with Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass technology. The table will also come with sensors and stereo speakers. The tablet will be Skype-ready, working with dual microphones and an integrated 2-megapixel front camera. (An 8-megapixel camera is at the rear.) (continued...)

1  |  2  |  Next Page >

 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

hrrmph:

Posted: 2013-09-05 @ 2:09pm PT
Does it have the requisite 1080P display for playing back videos shot with last year's smartphones?



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Microsoft/Windows
1.   Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
2.   Review: Windows Embraces the Past
3.   Patch Tuesday Offers Critical Fixes
4.   China Approves Microsoft-Nokia Deal
5.   Microsoft Pulls Plug on Windows XP


advertisement
Last Fixes Tuesday for XP, Office 2003
Microsoft closing out support for two.
Average Rating:
Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
Siri-like virtual assistant has promise.
Average Rating:
Review: Windows Embraces the Past
With small but significant tweaks.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
 
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
 
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
 
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.