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Flying High with Windows Devices




Delta is once again in the headlines with the recent press announcement with Microsoft.  Delta will equip its 11,000 pilots with the upcoming Surface 2 device that will fulfill the needs of an electronic flight bag.

The official Microsoft Press Release can be found here.  You can also read more about this announcement from the Windows Blog as well as the Surface Blog.

Delta will begin equipping their pilots flying the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 fleets later this year with anticipation to complete the 11,000 pilot transition by the end of 2014.  Delta calculated that they will be able to save $13 MILLION in fuel and associated costs PER YEAR by going paperless.

Delta’s electronic flight bag will leverage Jeppesen’s industry-leading FliteDeck Pro application built specifically for the Windows 8.1 platform. The interactive software gives flight crews quicker and more efficient access to key, real-time information and resources such as dynamic charts and navigation utilities which help them better manage the safe operation of their aircraft.

“Delivering digital flight information through FliteDeck Pro on the Surface tablet platform will increase situational awareness and improve operational efficiency for Air Lines,” said Tim Huegel, director, Jeppesen Aviation Portfolio Management.  “This EFB integration program highlights a successful collaboration between , Microsoft and Jeppesen and we congratulate on the digital transformation of their flight deck operations.”

You can watch the Press video below.


On top of this recent announcement, I have also posted about the Delta Windows Phone consumer app, Flying the Friendly Skies with Windows Phone, as well as Delta equipping its airline attendants with Windows Phones, Delta Adopts Windows Phones for 19,000 airlines attendants.

Emirates Airlines

Another airline that chose Windows was Emirates Airlines.  Emirates Airlines choose the HP ElitePad 900 to offer better customer service for their passengers.  I originally posted about this several months ago under when I highlighted a number of customers choosing Windows Devices– Will the Windows 8 naysayers step aside, please?


Fighter Pilot Tested

Does Windows 8 and the Windows based devices have a compelling story?  Absolutely.  I’m really excited to see all of these great stories and that people are realizing the true value of the Windows, Devices, and Services platform.  To stay true to this article, I wanted to remind everyone about the Fighter Pilot Case Study that I referenced in a previous post as well – Windows 8 Fighter Pilot Tested.



If Windows and Windows-based devices can meet the demands of these customers, maybe they can meet your company’s demands.  It’s the only tablet that can blend work and play… a single device that end-users will love and provides the lower-cost option for your corporate budget – Are iPads jeopardizing your IT Budget?

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Microsoft Surface–Getting S* Done

*Stuff or sh@% – you decide

The Microsoft Surface isn’t just about fun or play.  It isn’t a device just for work.  It is the One Device for everything in your life.  AND – It’s a device that is the lower cost option and more easily supported by your company (read why).

Introducing the next generation of Microsoft Surface

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How to purchase Microsoft Surface for Enterprises


I had a quick discussion the other day with an enterprise customer when they mentioned that Microsoft makes it difficult to purchase the Surface devices for their Enterprise organization.  They loved the device but they didn’t want to go through all of the hassle to order 1 or order bulk.  This customer was still thinking they had to run down to the Microsoft Store or go to the online Microsoft Store to place an order.

That isn’t the case; in fact, that is the least preferred option.  The best way to purchase a Surface or Surface Pro device is through an authorized reseller.  From the Surface website, there are 10 listed resellers including CDW, En Point Technologies, PC Connection, softchoice, SHI, CompuCom, Insight, PCM, SoftMart, and Zones.  There’s even a BUY button by each one of these resellers to make it easy… go check it out.

The resellers are better equipped to manage your enterprise purchases for a number of reasons:

  • Leverage POs
  • Bulk Orders
  • Possible Imaging Capabilities
  • Accessories
  • Service Programs

If you are looking to purchase over 5,000 devices, contact your Microsoft Account Executive.

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CDW, SHI, Insight, Softmart and others are now Authorized Surface Resellers

imageToday, the Microsoft Surface team has announced that the following Microsoft partners are now Authorized Surface Resellers, approved to sell Surface devices and accessories directly to commercial customers:  CDW, Compucom, En Pointe, Insight, PC Connection, PCM, Softchoice, Softmart, SHI, and Zones.

This is great news for companies that are looking for a streamlined procurement process to purchase the Microsoft Surface devices. 

To read all of the details announced on the Surface blog, read:  Surface announces availability in U.S. channel, commercial app partnerships and an education offer.


Choosing which Surface is right for you.

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Doctors prescribe Surface to improve patient care

I don’t have much to add to this but I wanted to share.  This is a great 3 minute video on how doctors at Palmetto Health are using the Microsoft Surface for patient care.

Palmetto Health–Doctors prescribe Surface to improve patient care


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Surface Firmware Updates (June 2013)

imageHave you ever wonder what those Surface Firmware updates do for you?  The Surface team posted a blog yesterday about the most recent update.  I’m really excited to discover that I can change my top row keys to be the function keys as primary… just press FN+Caps to switch to Function Key mode… do it again to get the charms, volume, etc. back.


There are other updates with this June release of the Firmware update as well:

  • WiFi Connectivity Improvement
  • New driver for Surface USB to Ethernet Adapter
  • LifeCam driver
  • Volume boosted for Surface RT

You can read about the changes from the Surface Blog.

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Surface Pro firmware and driver pack–April 2013

Are you looking for the Surface Pro firmware and driver pack?  Microsoft has made these readily available.  They are located here.

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