Netbooks Gain Credibility with Vendors, Enterprises

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2009-10-14 Print this article Print

5. The power deficit isn't noticeable

Although netbooks are less powerful than their notebook counterparts, the power deficit isn't so noticeable if a company has realistic expectations. No, the netbook won't be capable of running that high-end accounting software. It might not even run time-sheet software. But when users are checking e-mail, editing documents and surfing the Web, I think they'll be happy with what they find.

6. More vendors care about netbooks

Just a few months ago, there weren't nearly as many vendors developing netbooks. For the most part, they were still unsure just how netbooks would be received in the marketplace. But now, more vendors than ever are offering netbooks. And thanks to that, those vendors are competing for the same money. They need to constantly improve netbooks to stay ahead. It means an arms race is upon us and it's a great time for any company to capitalize on this emerging trend.

7. Vendors are targeting companies

Although the netbook was originally a consumer-oriented product, more vendors have realized that they might be useful for companies, as well. That's why so many of the netbooks currently offered by those vendors provide a corporate-friendly focus on portability and productivity in simple tasks. It's a fine time for companies to try out those netbooks.

8. Economic times are uncertain

This might follow the item that netbooks are cheaper than notebooks, but I think it's important for companies to consider the economic times that we all find ourselves in. As most economists have said, the recovery is fragile and anything can happen to send the economy back into a tailspin. Realizing that, companies should be careful in how they spend their money. Netbooks seem like an ideal target for that.

9. It'll only get better

When Microsoft releases Windows 7 on Oct. 22, the company will also offer a Starter edition designed specifically for netbooks. Microsoft claims Starter will be far more reliable for netbook owners. They should also see an improvement in performance. Assuming that's true, Windows 7 could open a new door for software and netbooks. The enterprise should be on the cutting edge of that.

10. Sales mean improvements

As mentioned earlier, netbooks are selling quickly-much faster than any other type of computer on the market. As more vendors realize that, they will continue to improve netbooks to stay one step ahead of their competitors. It's the enterprise and the consumer that will benefit most from that.

Netbooks have finally arrived in the enterprise. And it's time for companies to start trying them out and putting them to work where it makes the most sense.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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