Microsoft has announced a new enterprise program called "Surface as a Service," which is a nifty way of saying businesses can lease Surface devices that come with subscriptions to Office 365, Dynamics Azure and Windows 10.
The company said this will allow customers to keep their hardware more current and up to date, since enterprises are not known for being bleeding edge when it comes to new hardware adoption.
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Microsoft also expanded its list of Surface partners to include two IT heavyweights: IBM and Booz Allen Hamilton. Both firms sign on as Surface solution integrators. Microsoft already had secured HP and Dell, two companies it effectively competes with by selling Surface, as resellers last fall.
Microsoft said this partnership will result in improved security found in Windows 10, provide simplified licensing and deployment by using a subscription-based, per-user licensing model, and take the burden off firms through partner-managed IT.
IBM will utilize its data and analytics expertise to create new industry-specific solutions for the financial services and consumer packaged goods sectors, while Booz Allen Hamilton will develop scalable and more secure solutions for its area of specialty, government, the public sector and health care.
Microsoft made the announcement at the Worldwide Partner Conference currently taking place in Toronto. In addition to the subscription service, Microsoft announced it added CDW, SHI, Insight and Zones to its Surface Multi-National Purchasing Program.