While the original use for the Apple (News - Alert) iPad was for entertainment purposes, there is very little doubt that since its launch, plenty of people have found reasons to bring their iPad to the office. The tablet computers have since taken off in a way that no one could have foreseen. Apple might have set us down the tablet path but Google (News - Alert), Amazon and the rest of the big tech companies have all followed suit with a huge selection of mobile devices.
Since the 2010 launch of the Apple iPad, 120 million tablets have flown off the shelves and a new report says that by 2016, there will be as many as 750 million tablets in use. That number is impressive on its own merits and it is even more so when you consider that it took the home computer 20 years to hit quarter of a billion models in use.
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The fact that tablets are expected to hit that number in half the time shows just how much love and use these particular devices are seeing. Part of the reason that tablets are flying off the shelves so fast is that companies are finding subsidiaries to produce them, allowing the bigwigs to focus more on development instead of production.
Companies are almost as giddy about tablets as consumers are. The same report says that as many as 82 percent of companies are going to be offering support for tablets. This does not yet mean that a huge majority of companies are going to be providing tablets to their employees, but they will allow those employees to bring their own tablets through the door.
The latest survey shows that 12 percent of workers have a tablet in their office and eight percent bought that tablet themselves. The tablet is fast becoming the top tool of most office settings, because the device is able to do so many things at once. Could an Android (News - Alert) or Amazon tablet be the next “Blackberry” type device? Could these tablets end up being something that companies offer up to every employee? It seems more likely than it did just two years ago.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman