Why Windows 8 tablets won't dent the BYOD revolution
People have been bringing their own devices to work and support for them has been built into enterprise systems for a few years now. At this point, the entry of Windows 8 tablets into the frey will not dent the market much because all the major productivity apps are already supported for the other platforms -- iOS and Android. The compatibility factor, which is what Windows 8 tablets bring to the table, is therefore not as significant. The often touted success of Windows 8 tablets in the enterprise is therefore in question.
I think you miss the point of BYOD in major corporations. The companies are OK with saving IT costs by letting employees bring and use their own devices. However, they need to protect their data. Most companies have an extensive Microsoft Active Directory structure (AD) in-place to enforce access rights to sensitive resources. (I've found that even Apple shops use Microsoft's AD for this purpose.) Unless the employee's device can authenticate to AD, the company will not let it access any sensitive resource (like files.) This ability comes native with any "Pro" version of Windows and Macs (those devices with Intel Chips). Most ARM based devices do not have the ability to authenticate to AD. Even the new WindowsRT lacks this capability. As such, they are basically dead-on-arrival as a BYOD device. They will be able to web surf, but little more in most companies.
Full Windows 8 tablet acceptance in the enterprise has never been in question. It uses the same network connectivity, same apps and authentication enterprises already have. Further, it runs enterprise VPN software Out-Of-The-Box for secure remote connectivity. Doesn't get easier than that.
The whole point of BYOD is that the employee has already chosen and has their own device. The IT department merely supports it with apps designed for it. They have been doing that for a while now so this whole compatibility advantage is hogwash. That's the whole point of this post.
Recent data regarding support for the iPad in particular in the Enterprise seems to suggest there's little value add to having a Windows 8 client instead. If this is true the Surface Pro, the flagship Windows 8 tablet is DOA.