SOURCE: Intermedia


November 01, 2011 09:09 ET

Computer Beats Out Smartphone and Tablet as #1 Device Business People Can't Live Without, Says Intermedia Survey

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2011) - The computer is still king, beating out smartphones, tablets and TVs as the number one device business people cannot live without. The findings are from a recent survey by Intermedia, a global leader in cloud services and the largest Microsoft Exchange hosting provider.

With so many ways for business people to stay connected to the office and world around them, Intermedia's business communications survey asked what one device a business person could not live without. According to the survey, computers were the overwhelming favorite -- a choice more popular than smartphones, TVs and tablets combined.

The survey(1) found that if a person could only keep either their computer, TV, smartphone or tablet device:

  • 52 percent would keep their computer
  • 23 percent choose their smartphone
  • 19 percent want to keep their TV
  • 6 percent choose their tablet

For an infographic representing the survey data, see Intermedia's Resource Center.

"We expect our survey results to be dramatically different one year from now," says Michael Gold, president, Intermedia. "More and more business people are discovering that smartphones and tablets offer the same set of business capabilities as their computers -- from secure email, to applications, to conferencing. For this reason, Intermedia has seen an explosion in smartphone and tablet adoption in our customer base -- with tablet activations increasing by 119 percent in the four months from May to September. Executives want to access their productivity tools and information from all their devices, wherever they are."

Intermedia's Office in the Cloud™ suite of plans cost-effectively combines Microsoft tools such as Exchange 2010 email, Lync Secure Instant Messaging, and SharePoint document management with "only from Intermedia" resources for premium support, complete mobile freedom, security and more. The company's Cloud Concierge™ team assures customers have a secure migration to the cloud. For more information, please call 1-800-379-7729.

Intermedia is the premier provider of cloud services to small and mid-sized businesses. Delivered from Intermedia's secure datacenters, the company's Office in the Cloud™ suite combines Microsoft tools such as Exchange 2010 email, Lync Secure Instant Messaging, and SharePoint document management with resources for complete mobile freedom, backup, security, voice and more that are only available from Intermedia. The company's proprietary cloud infrastructure assures high reliability, and a certified support team is available around the clock. Intermedia also empowers thousands of partners -- including managed service providers and select Fortune 500 companies -- to sell cloud services under their own brand. Founded in 1995, Intermedia was the first to offer business-class cloud email and now has 370,000 premium hosted Exchange mailboxes under management -- more than any other provider. The company is one of a select group of companies partnering with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to market. For more information, visit

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Intermedia from May 12-16, 2011 among 1,345 full/part-time employed adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Susan Turner at 646.202.9783 or

(1) Survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Intermedia.

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