Microsoft makes it easier for US government entities to buy Surface Pro

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 04 November 2014
Microsoft makes it easier for US government entities to buy Surface Pro

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 has been licensed by the United States General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule, making it easier for US government entities to purchase the devices.

All US government customers can now purchase Surface Pro 3 via the GSA, which is a federal procurement vehicle that establishes long-term government-wide contracts with commercial companies.

“One of the sectors that has expressed particular interest in Surface is US government customers, which includes state and local organisations, as well as federal civilian and defence agencies,” said Cyril Belikoff, senior director of Microsoft Surface, in a blog post. “Government technology leaders share many of the same priorities as our commercial customers – they are interested in how the Surface can offer the power of a laptop and remove the need to carry an iPad, as well as help workers to be more productive on-the-go, thereby making the most of taxpayer dollars.”

In addition, Microsoft has added value-added resellers that meet the criteria required to resell Surface Pro 3 to the US public sector, including government entities and educational institutions. These new partners will meet government procurement requirements and deliver a variety of value-added services to the Surface family, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection.

“Surface devices are just as ready to serve the government as the government is to serve its citizens,” said Belikoff. “And with Surface Pro 3 on GSA and additional resellers, it is easier than ever for government, state and local entities to consolidate their devices and implement a more productive, mobile computing solution.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft has introduced the Surface Disti-led Commercial Program in Japan and Hong Kong, to enable existing Surface distributors to resell Surface beyond its Authorized Device Reseller channel and address commercial customer demands.

“With Surface commercially available in 28 markets around the world, the updates we’re announcing today allow us to continue expanding Surface availability in alignment with Surface Pro 3 customer demands and market opportunities,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Group, in a blog post. “We know that there is still work to be done, and more opportunity ahead. I’m excited about the steps we’re taking today.”

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