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Dell Seeks Edge Over IPad With Windows Tablet

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An real business alternative to an apple tablet? An real business alternative to an apple tablet?

Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell said there’s growing demand for tablet computers that can run the next version of Windows, which may help his company siphon away corporate customers from the iPad.

Dell is developing a business-friendly tablet that works with Windows 8, and the company will start selling computers running the new Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) software “on the exact day” it becomes available, the CEO said yesterday on the “Bloomberg West” television show. Windows 8 is due later this year, though a release date hasn’t been set.

The goal is to entice business customers by running Microsoft’s Office applications -- something Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s tablet isn’t designed to do -- and letting the device connect securely to corporate networks. Dell is seeking an edge over the latest iPad, unveiled yesterday, which sports a faster processor, sharper screen and speedier wireless service.

“Having a secure Windows tablet that works with all the Windows applications -- we’re hearing a lot of demand for that and we think that will be quite attractive,” Dell said.

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