The Surface range was designed for business. Microsoft’s recent announcement that sales of the Surface Pro 4 have outstripped any previous Surface suggests they’re doing something right. By showing genuine concern for end-users in enterprise, Microsoft have been able to equip businesses and IT managers with a tool that can drive productivity, help employees do their job and streamline operations.  Most importantly, the Surface range has delivered solutions that have helped businesses achieve their goals.

Some businesses have been reluctant to adopt the Surface Pro 3 and 4, citing the shortage of ports as a primary reason why they still see it more as an in-between or companion device, rather than a full-blown replacement their existing equipment. In such cases, businesses have been able to deploy Surfaces by introducing docking stations at the same time. Others have preferred to deploy the device among employees who need a more mobile device, valuing the extra processing power and versatility as well as the greater interoperability of Windows and Office. In this post we wanted to look at 4 arguments for the deployment of Surface Pro 3 and Windows 10 devices.

Keeping files on OneDrive and Azure

By moving away from on-premise storage and towards organization-wide adoption of OneDrive and Azure can build in flexibility, allowing employees to work from various locations, whenever they want. Throw in the versatility (and ‘lapability’) of the Surface Pro 4 and it’s possible to give employees the tools to their job all the more effectively.

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Interoperability

A common complaint among mobile workforces who rely on Apple tablets relates to the walled approach to applications and infrastructure. In certain cases, this can mean that even simple tasks such as document editing can be more difficult than they should be.  With Continuum on Windows 10 devices, the Office suite will look and feel the same across an organization’s fleet of devices. In sales teams, where the Surface is as a secured Point of Sale device, this interoperability becomes invaluable.

Mobile data synchronisation

Mobile is another area where Microsoft have been able to make real ground. Their mobile data synchronisation suite ActiveSync, for example, has enabled businesses to deploy Lumia devices quickly and easily, using the Enterprise Mobility Suite to manage devices. The launch of Windows 10 Mobile is only likely to increase the attractiveness of this option for IT decision-makers.

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Take storage off-premise:

Businesses are increasingly moving device management to the cloud. This migration to off-premise storage, whether for mobile devices or other Windows 10 devices, has enabled businesses to streamline their operations, while still offering employees the storage they need through OneDrive and SharePoint. Azure is another string to Microsoft’s bow, enabling CIOs to host applications and web services.

The rapid adoption of Windows 10, as well as the Surface range of devices, by enterprise has caught many of Microsoft’s competitors by surprise, with devices such as the iPad Pro suggesting Apple’s desire to make up lost ground. For enterprise Surface users, it’s an exciting time to be running Windows – and it’s been a long time since anyone could say that.

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