Apple’s popular tablet, the iPad, has recently been successful inserting itself into the leisure activities of many Americans. A growing number of companies have been using iPad apps like one made by Citrix, to give employees access to the desktops of their PCs from anywhere with a wireless Internet connection. More and more business are putting plans into effect to utilize the computing power of not only the iPad, but also of any one of the myriad of new tablets being produced specifically for use in the office workplace.

The rapid rates at which the iPad and other tablets are being put to use by small and large businesses is largely due to the success of the iPhone. Upon its first release, the original iPhone was not was not designed to link its owner to a corporate email address securely. Users demanded that Apple provide support for corporate email systems. Once Apple made the accommodations, iPhone began replacing BlackBerry in the pockets of executives all over the United States.

The iPad has immediately been adopted by businesses because it debuted carrying the capability of providing the support businesses had to wait for with their first-generation iPhones. Prepared for increased interest based on the success of iPhone, the iTunes store has long been filled with apps designed to provide office solutions typically provided by desktop PCs only. Some government officials have been known to use an iPad to read sensitive documents. Other offices claim the iPad, which is currently dominating the tablet market, is more secure and often helps reduce paper expenses. The iPad may be safely in the lead for the hearts and minds of businesses looking to use tablets to increase productivity, but there are competitors arriving frequently.

Asus is but one company looking to take a piece of the tablet market from Apple. Asus very recently announced plans to release four brand new devices in 2012 aimed directly at the iPad. Two of the tablets will be debuted early next year and are intended to run on the latest version of the Android operating system – known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Asus is also planning on releasing two Windows-based tablet devices. They are scheduled to be unveiled sometime late in the summer or 2012.

Also possible in the latter half of next year are two new devices from Nokia reportedly testing the market in preparation for their own tablet release sometime in the near future. The number of tablet makers may soon match the number of apps designed to make iPads and similar devices a staple of any company looking for an edge.

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