Microsoft announced its “Surface as a Service” programme, enabling partners to offer enterprise customers devices in a bundle with managed cloud services and other software.
The company said this “enables flexibility of solutions, faster device refresh and ensures customers can have the latest Surface devices that evolve with the best Windows and Office have to offer”.
Few details of the initiative were revealed, but it is working with European partner ALSO on the effort, and it “looks forward to working with other partners to expand this programme globally”.
In a blog post, Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP in the Windows and Devices group, said that “the Surface business has grown from generating $1 billion in revenue in a year to $1 billion in revenue per quarter”.
Microsoft is also making available Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices with 1TB of storage in more markets. In addition to the US and Canada, where they are already available, the rollout includes Australia, China, France and the UK, among others.