By contrast, some companies are already taking to the cheaper iPad as a laptop replacement, although they don't expect it to last as long as most laptops.
Kline agreed that the Avaya device is "not a PC replacement," although she said when Avaya builds in support for VPNs, employees may want to take them home and use them there -- perhaps along with a keyboard connected via Bluetooth.
For now, the usage model for the Avaya device is fairly clearly the "desktop," as the name says. Adding to the confusion is how Avaya intends to extend the Flare user experience to all kinds of devices in 2011, including smartphones and the iPad.
Alan Baratz, president of global communications at Avaya, demonstrated the Avaya device yesterday and even showed how the Flare UI could be extended to other devices. He held up what appeared to an iPad on stage and showed the Flare interface running on it.
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