As Windows 10 market share creepssteadily upward, Microsoft is giving enterprise customers more and more reasons to consider upgrading to its latest operating system. A new expanded partnership with Dell pushes not only Windows 10 but Windows 10 on new devices.
Dell will join Microsoft’s Surface Enterprise Initiative, and will begin selling Microsoft Surface Pro tablets and accessories running Windows 10 on its website in early October for the U.S. and worldwide in early 2016. Surface Pro devices sold through Dell will also include options for the company’s own suite of enterprise services including Dell Hardware Warranty, ProSupport with Accidental Damage Service, and Configuration and Deployment Services.
Dell, which joins the initiative along with Accenture, Avanade, and Hewlett-Packard, adds the Surface Pro tablet to its lineup of business hardware including the Dell Optiplex 9020 Micro, Dell Precision Tower 5810, and many others. In a recent video, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said “today’s partnership with Dell represents a significant advancement for our enterprise customers.”
“These customers have been asking us for partnerships like this one,” he continued. “[Enterprises] have a unique set of needs. Their employees are increasingly mobile…their IT departments demand world-class security and management solutions they trust. They need easy ways to deploy services and support thousands and thousands of devices.”
Along with the Surface Enterprise Initiative, Microsoft also announced new upcoming Windows 10 enterprise features including Enterprise Data Protection (EDP) for corporate data flow protection, and Microsoft Passport for enterprise, which offers secure employee logins to business applications, networks, and websites—sans passwords.