The battle between Microsoft and Apple takes to the tablet arena with the Surface Pro 4 vs. iPad Pro. These mega-sized tablets might look alike, but beneath the surface, they differ in a number of ways. IT administrators planning to incorporate one of these tablets had better know what they’re getting into before choosing sides.
Surface Pro runs a full-fledged version of Windows 10 Professional so admins can manage the tablets like laptops. They integrate with Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and other critical systems out of the box, so there is no need for special administrative software or services.
The iPad Pro runs iOS, a mobile OS without the power or capabilities of a full desktop system such as Windows or even OS X. The tablet does not let users access the local file system, nor does it provide the same robust support for multitasking as a desktop OS.
The good and bad of running Windows 10
The Surface Pro is portable and runs Windows 10, which appeals not only to IT, but also to users who prefer the Windows ecosystem and who want to work the same way wherever they are.
Users can accomplish many of the same tasks they perform at their desktops with the added benefit of touchscreen and stylus support. And they have access to all the Windows-based applications they use on their desktops; applications that continue to dominate the enterprise.