It's been a busy day for Toshiba, and ITProPortal's Will Dalton was on hand to witness the Japanese company's multiple product launches in London this morning. First up were three tablets, the Excite range. Sharing largely the same makeup, the Toshiba Excite Pro and Excite Write sport 10.1in displays with a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution, run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and are powered by Nvidia's latest Tegra 4 processor. The Toshiba Excite Write (complete with Digitizer Pen and 'TruNote' handwriting capabilities) hits the high end of the market at £499, while the sans-pen Excite Pro is priced from £349. Completing the tablet treble was the Excite Pure, priced at £249. This has a 10.1in 1,280 x 800 pixel display, runs Android 4.2, is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor boosted by 1GB RAM. Release dates for the Excite family have not yet been confirmed, though we'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, check out our hands-on with the trio of Toshiba Excite devices.
Following this, Toshiba introduced a large number of additions to its laptop line – some powered by Intel's new 4th-generation 'Haswell' processors, and all running Windows 8. At the high end of the range, the new Satellite P laptops pack 4th-gen Intel chips, including new Core i7 processors, as well as up to 1TB hard drives. These feature Toshiba's new unified rounded-corner design, have edge-to-edge glass on 15.6- or 17.3in screens and HDMI ports that support running 4k displays for 'ultra HD' visuals and computing. The Satellite P series will be available in the UK from Q3 starting at £599. Next on the list, the new Satellite S laptops share many of P's features. These are available in three sizes: 14-, 15.6-, or 17.3in screens with a mix of touch and regular displays, coming in during Q2 at around £450. Hitting shelves at the same time as the S series will be the Satellite L and Satellite C Series. The Satellite L category includes 14.1-, 15.6-, and 17.3in devices also powered by Intel's 4th-gen processors. The lower-end Satellite C series offers 15.6- and 17.3in models driven by 3rd-gen Intel Celeron processors. Toshiba says the affordable L and C Series laptops will have price tags "starting from £299". For more details and images concerning all of Toshiba's new launches, follow the links above.
Microsoft CIO Tony Scott has officially resigned from his position after more than five years in the spot. The company announced Scott's departure internally to employees this past week, last Friday being Scott's final day at the company. "My dad passed away at Easter time, so taking a little time to get my mother re-settled, get my instrument rating done (I'm a pilot), and work on a couple of other long delayed personal projects. Will go back to 'work' (in some form) in a few months, but right now just focusing on the above," said Scott. Scott joined Microsoft in 2008 following positions as CIO at the Walt Disney Company, CTO of General Motors, and vice president of operations at the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Meyers Squibb. Upon his appointment, Microsoft announced, "as Microsoft's biggest user of our products and solutions, Tony and the IT team will drive our solutions and deployment throughout our enterprise and provide valuable input and feedback to our product groups." Additionally, Scott oversaw Microsoft's IT department, responsible for keeping Microsoft's internal systems up-and-running, updated and secured.
Finally, is Microsoft milking Office dry? Last week, ITProPortal examined Microsoft's strategy of bundling Office for free with all 10.1in or smaller tablets and clamshell laptops. However, while the company clearly thinks tablets and clamshell laptops larger than 11.1in will be used more for productivity, they must first buy a copy. While full versions of Office work fine on smaller tablets, we suspect Microsoft's real motive is to start pushing these customers toward Office 365, the cloud-based subscription version. Also, Microsoft has decided to make an Office version for Macs, but not for iOS, which is slightly odd, since iPads are outselling Macs six to one and have pretty much become the standard in the enterprise world. Microsoft's lack of support for iOS and Android can be, on the other hand, understandable, since the company sees Office as giving it a competitive edge that might increase adoption of its tablets, which it cannot be blamed for. However, there is a problem with this strategy: While a local client of an app will be important in the short term, it is pretty clear that the online versions of these apps will become even more important. And these apps will be available on all platforms, not just one. Microsoft's current plan to only put Office on Windows tablets is a real mistake in the long run.