A new service announced today by Microsoft at its Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto aims to bring more Windows Surface devices into the enterprise. Dubbed “Surface as a Service,” the program represents an expansion of its existing Surface Enterprise Initiative (SEI), which also sought to increase the number of Microsoft devices used by enterprises.
Under the terms of the program, Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) that are also Surface Authorized Distributors can offer Surface devices to their enterprise clients through a managed service offering alongside managed cloud services, Office 365, Windows 10, and relevant ISV software, the company said.
“This new offering enables flexibility of solutions, faster device refresh, and ensures customers can have the latest Surface devices that evolve with the best Windows and Office have to offer,” Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft?EU?s Windows and Devices Group, wrote in a blog post today. The program will initially be launched in cooperation with Also Holding AG, a leading CSP out of Europe, with more partners to be added later.
Although the Surface as a Service plan grew out of the Surface Enterprise Initiative, it won?EU?t be replacing it. Microsoft said it plans to continue growing SEI, and launched a new partnership with Dell last year to help further expand the program. Today, it announced two more partnerships with IBM and Booz Allen Hamilton to develop industry-specific solutions for customers shared by all three companies.
“IBM will draw on their data and analytics expertise to create new industry-specific solutions for the financial services and consumer packaged goods sectors that take advantage of the unique capabilities of Surface devices,” Mehdi said. “Booz Allen Hamilton will develop scalable and more secure solutions for governments, the public sector and healthcare.”
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