Each December the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) publishes their tour de force Technology Survey. Where BlackBerries were indispensable, iPhones dominate and iPads are nearly ubiquitous – but the Legal mobility scenario is dynamic. Here’s a look at three charts from the survey.
Microsoft Surface Pro – Making a Run for It
Is it a bird, is it a plane? Is a Surface Pro a tablet or a notebook PC? Whatever you call it, the Surface Pro is on the radar in Legal now.
For example, in October law firm Blank Rome announced that they were the first firm to roll-out the Surface Pro 3 firm-wide for all legal employees.
Curious as to why the Surface Pro might be gaining ground in Legal? Here’s Microsoft’s hook: lawyers live in Word and Outlook. Try using the Word app on iPad (although very good) compared to full Word on a very light Windows computer with a handy keyboard. Need I say more?
It’s no surprise that Dell, Lenovo and HP currently lead the pack in laptop usage.
But Microsoft Surface debuts at 3%.
In contrast to Legal, if your tech company is within 50 miles of Cupertino, don’t even dream of trying to hire top talent without offering some flavor of the MacBook. While MacBook usage may be relatively low today in Legal, we do see adoption, especially at the larger firms.
Is Surface Pro Really in the Race?
How interested are Legal teams in Surface Pros?
The sum of these responses:
-Evaluating or testing – 27%
-Deployed to a small group of users – 10%
-Offering in lieu of traditional laptop or desktop to some users – 6%
tallies up to a tidy 43% of firms seriously considering using Surface Pros.
Today’s Winner and Still Champion: iOS
Quoting Jeff Richarson, aka @iPhoneJD, the “ILTA survey shows that virtually all law firms support the iPhone, iPad.” Indeed. 99% of firms have iOS devices in use.
Android is at a healthy 79% today. This is a number to watch, however, as some firms have cut back on allowing Android devices due to the difficulty of upgrading for security patches.
BlackBerry, once the lifeline in Legal, is at 47%, down from 84% in 2012. Windows Phone is losing ground as well at 31%.
What do you think? Is the iPad too sleek to be unseated by the Surface Pro? Does Word trump all?
My next post – 3 intriguing points on mobile security from the 2015 ILTA Technology Survey.
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The 2015 ILTA Technology Survey of 420 firms is summarized at InsideLegal.