Microsoft has released a new tablet, Surface Pro 4, and their first laptop, Surface Book, in October. With the growing trend of tablets and smaller, light-weight computers, Microsoft’s Surface products are already changing the face of business.
Microsoft has released two new products in their Surface line this October. The Surface Pro 4 is the next generation of Microsoft’s existing line of Surface tablets. Dubbed “the tablet that can replace your laptop”, the Surface Pro 4 contains features such as Windows 10 operating system, 12.3” PixelSense™ display with low glare and high contrast, full integration with Microsoft Office products, and a 9 hour battery life, to name a few.
In addition to the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft also released a laptop computer to its Surface line. The Surface Book is Microsoft’s first laptop computer. Meant to be a creative workhouse, the Surface Book can transform into 3 different configurations: a laptop, clipboard, and creative canvas, to adapt to the way you work. Like the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Book also features a Windows 10 operating system, compatibility with Microsoft Office, and a long battery life (up to 12 hours).
While both of these devices are more on the costly side, as of November 2015, The Surface Pro 4 starts at $1,179.00 and the Surface Book starts at $1,949.00. For more information on pricing and features, click this link: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-ca?ocid=OCTEVENT_MSCOM. Their introduction to the market continues to fuel the trend of choosing tablets and other portable devices over the standard laptop.
Microsoft’s Surface products have gotten particular notice in the business world with professionals choosing to do their work on tablet devices rather than standard laptops. The appeal of the tablet computer stems from its portable, light-weight, easy-to use format and its compatibility with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office software. Workers are able to carry around these devices with ease while having full functionality and access to their programs and documents.
Even the Microsoft Surface Book is toting its easy portability and functionality by designating itself as a creative clipboard and canvas, despite being a laptop computer. Users are able to turn the screen around and reattach it in order to create a canvas or tablet to work on. This function allows workers to have their devices easily at hand without carrying around too much hardware.
So are tablets devices making a significant impact in the business world? The answer seems to be yes. While some people might be hesitant to replace their laptops with tablets in the workplace, it does not seem to be the prevailing opinion. For example, Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, USI Insurance, and Land O’ Lakes have opted to provide their employees with Surface Pro 4 tablets rather than desktop computers.
Triella has also purchased and installed Surface tablets for some of our clients who have chosen to use the devices in their offices with excellent results.
While it can be argued that consumers are opting to buy the latest Surface products because they are new, impressive, and popular, we tend to disagree. The fact that businesses are willing to adopt them as their product of choice, Microsoft’s willingness to make their Surface tablets as accessible to the workplace as possible, and the introduction of the Surface Book as a laptop/tablet hybrid indicate that the use of tablets and associated devices is here to stay.
Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to http://www.triella.com/whats-new/. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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