Microsoft reports increasing use of Surface 2 as a line-of-business tablet

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 26 March 2014
Microsoft reports increasing use of Surface 2 as a line-of-business tablet

The Microsoft Surface team has reported that business customers are not only adopting Surface 2 as a companion device, but also as a line-of business tablet in the healthcare, retail, commercial airline and hospitality industries.

“People generally know that Surface 2 combines great portability and battery life with productivity features you won’t find on other tablets – most notably the kickstand, USB 3.0 drive and the ability to instantly attach a Touch or Type Cover for great typing,” said Cyril Belikoff, senior director of Microsoft Surface, in an official blog post. “In saying that Surface 2 is ‘business-ready’ we’re referring to very specific capabilities that allow business users to access their corporate resources and be truly productive without sacrificing security.”

The release of Windows RT 8.1 furthered Surface 2’s value for both enterprises and small businesses, and the Surface team has identified its top three features of Windows RT 8.1 that make Surface 2 enterprise ready. These are remote application access, data access and enhanced manageability.

The remote desktop services features of Windows Server 2008 R2 mean that enterprise customers can access any line of business application that they would normally run on their laptop or desktop from Surface 2. This is enabling some businesses to make Surface 2 the central device for their mobile workforce.

Windows RT 8.1 supports work folders for customers using Windows Server 2012 R2, which lets users access files that are stored on a centrally managed file server. This means management and IT teams have centralised control of corporate data without disrupting worker productivity.

The mobile device management (MDM) capabilities that were a feature of the Windows RT 8.1 update means that the management of devices by any MDM cloud-based product allows open mobile device management protocol. 

“Surface 2 is a tablet that was built for more than just fun,” explained Belikoff. “These Windows management features keep the IT department happy, and workers are able to access documents wherever they choose to. Not only can people access their documents on the go with Surface 2, but they can actually get work done in a way that is comfortable and convenient with available keyboard covers that are incredibly thin and light.”

More information on how Microsoft Surface can be used in business can be found on the Microsoft Surface website.

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