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While consumers seem to sniff at tablets which do not have an Apple logo on them, analysts think that having Intel inside might appeal to the more discerning IT experts in the enterprise.

According to ComputerWorld, Intel's Oak Trail processor could bring in tablets which would shut Apple off from the insider realms of technology.

Part of Apple's problem in flogging its tablets to companies is that IT managers have something called knowledge and can generally tell if it is daft to buy an overpriced keyboardless notebook.

They also have their careers depending on making sure corporate systems are not hacked, whereas the iPad depends on a "faith based" security which requires users to believe, against all evidence, that only Windows machines get malware.

However, analysts think that if Intel and Microsoft cuddle up to target the enterprise they could be onto a winner.

By supporting the Windows 7 OS, Oak Trail tablets could fit in better than the iPad with IT environments that lean on Windows.

The first Intel Atom based tablets hit the shops in June. These are Fujitsu and Motion Computing efforts which will be armed with Intel's 1.5GHz Atom Z670 processor. These come with Windows 7 OS on board and have solid-state drive storage. Intel has said 35 devices based on the Oak Trail chip will become available in May.

Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD, told ComputerWorld that Apple has not got a bat's chance in hell of making a viable stab at the corporates.

He said that computing needs are very different in the corporate world, where there is a bunch of corporate applications which are driven by Windows.

Baker said that Windows tablets will do well because Oak Trail offers a better experience for the user on a familiar platform, which bridges the gap between corporate and consumer products.

While the iPad 2 is good with power efficiency and performance features, its software and hardware is about as compatible as a Liberal alliance with the Conservative Party. This is much more improtant than speed or battery improvements.

Oak Trail tablets differ from the iPad on hardware features, but they will have the same level of comfort and compatibility for businesses that depend on a suite of applications they have developed, Baker said.

Roger Kay, president at Endpoint Technologies, said that the security weaknesses of the iPad means IT managers will be much friendlier to a Windows tablet than to the iOS.

This is something that has been noticed by the manufacturers.

For example, the Fujitsu and Motion Computing tablets offer Trusted Platform Management 1.2 (TPM), a hardware-based cryptography and authentication technology to bolster security.

Intel has promised that tablet chips will include VPro technology to remotely manage and disable tablets, too.