At the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Microsoft dropped some news about Windows 10 and Surface as a Surface. Notably, Cloud Solution Providers and Surface Authorized Distributers can sell Surface as a Service. Microsoft also raised the curtain on Windows 10 Enterprise E3 in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP).
Starting with Surface as a Service. The announcement means the Surface line of hardware will be sold similarly to Windows 10 and Officer 365 to enterprise customers. Devices are available to Microsoft resellers and customers through a managed service, expanding the hardware reach for Surface products.
Continuing the Surface as a Service theme, Microsoft also boosted its Surface Multi-National Purchasing Program. The company has given enterprise customer more accessories and hardware to sell, including Surface devices. Insight, SHI, Zones, and CDW are on the Multi-National Purchasing Program.
IBM and Booz Allen Hamilton are partnering with Microsoft to launch enterprise focused solutions geared towards Surface products. IBM, for example, will help Redmond develop services for healthcare, government, and the public sector.
Windows 10 Enterprise E3 in the Cloud Solution Provider
Microsoft announced Windows 10 Enterprise E3 last week, and now the company has unveiled Enterprise E3 for the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP). This is essentially a subscription service that provides business with access to enterprise-grade security. Enterprises can pay for secure management solutions for $7 a seat per month.
- “Increased Security: Offering the sophisticated security features of Windows 10 to help businesses secure sensitive data and identities, help ensure devices are protected from cybersecurity threats, give employees the freedom and flexibility to access sensitive data on a variety of devices, and help ensure controlled access to highly-sensitive data.
- Simplified Licensing & Deployment: Helping businesses lower up-front costs, eliminating the need for time-consuming device counting and audits, and making it easier to stay compliant with a subscription-based, per-user licensing model. This new offering allows businesses to easily move from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise E3 without rebooting.
- Partner-managed IT: Configuring and managing devices by a partner experienced in Windows 10 and cloud deployments. Partners can also help businesses develop a device security and management strategy with the unique features of Windows 10. Businesses can view subscriptions and usage for Windows 10 Enterprise, and any other Microsoft cloud services purchased, in their partner portal for easier management with one contract, one user account, one support contact, and one simplified bill.”
The Worldwide Partner Conference kicked off this week in Toronto. 15,000 partners will attend the event. For all the latest details, follow our coverage from the event.