Ultrabooks in Business: A Technology in Transition

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Ultrabooks in Business: A Technology in Transition

By Mike Wall, Special Report Editor

They are light, powerful and compact enough to fit comfortably into the slimmest briefcase or executive portfolio. However, Ultrabooks may still be a technology in search of a solid business applications niche as companies lean toward more capable and expandable systems to meet a wider range of user needs and scalability plans.

Intel unveiled the Ultrabook specification in June 2011 at Computex Taipei and outlined a development roadmap in September at the Intel Developer Forum. The spec defined a new breed of high-end sub-notebooks that featured a lighter weight but high performance and longer battery life. To reduce the bulk, these systems eliminated such things as hard disk drives and excessive ports and incorporated a slick uni-body construction that borrowed some design elements from the popular Apple MacBook Air.

Consumers and mobile professionals loved the concept, but enterprise users were put off by the lack of expandable features and inability to easily add necessary upgrades. As a result, some vendors pushed the boundaries of the original spec, while Intel also made some concessions along the way.

The result: Ultrabooks have veered from the original spec design as systems added a bit more bulk to add the features that many business users demand. In this Special Report, we explore what is happened as the Ultrabook design adapts to real world user requirements and system makers continue to tinker with what may and what may not work in the business world.

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