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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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Windows 8 Heating Up; K-12 Embracing Windows 8

Things are starting to heat up for Windows 8.  StatCounter, which gathers information based on 3 million websites, estimates that the current Windows 8 install base is roughly 3.77 percent of all PCs worldwide.  This figure may not be earth shattering at the moment; especially compared to Windows 7’s 52 percent market share… but, with only 5 months since launch, Windows 8 is growing and has nearly passed iOS sitting at 3.92 percent.

Chart:  Original Source

As I meet and discuss Windows 8 and the Microsoft ecosystem with my customers, I am sensing a positive shift in momentum.  Many customers are starting to test or deploy small pockets of Windows 8 in the enterprise as they are looking at the combination of a touch-optimized operating system that can be managed and supported by information technology organizations.

Windows “Blue” is on the horizon as noted by Microsoft’ Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications, Frank Shaw, in yesterday’s post and many of the OEMs are starting to manufacture great touch-enabled tablets, laptops, and touch screens for desktops.

If I can be bold, I believe things are starting to heat up for Windows 8.

I see this excitement not only within my corporate customers, but also with our educational systems as well.  I first shared the stories of two universities adopting Windows 8 (Seton Hall and Southern Illinois University) in a previous post last week.  Today, Microsoft released a wonderful article titled Educators Across the US Adopt Windows 8 to Help Make Students College-Ready and Career-Ready specifically showcasing adoption within K-12.  The article highlights ten K-12 school districts and higher-education institutions that have signed on to use Windows 8 for more than 540,000 students and faculty.

Margo Day, Vice President of U.S. Education stated it nicely (emphasis added):

“Windows 8 is helping schools modernize learning by supporting new education standards, online assessments and the move to digital learning by providing a powerful platform where content can be easily consumed and created, and a connection to the cloud where collaboration opportunities can be reimagined.”

Read the article for yourself… the following are my key takeaways (emphasis added):

We chose Windows 8 because we need much more than a consumption-only device for online assessments to help prepare students for success,” said Chuck Jones, chief of technology at Jackson-Madison County School System. “On another operating system, the IT and app management of 1,200 separate devices for teachers would have been too overwhelming.”

We want our students to use the same tools that professionals do on a daily basis,” said Dave Williamson, district chief information officer [Atlantic Public Schools]. “With this anytime, anywhere access to Windows 8 and Office 365 Education, we know that when they go to enter college or the job market they will be ahead of the curve with this knowledge of the latest technology available.”

Windows 8 provides the ‘no compromises’ experience everyone has been looking for. It doesn’t force us to choose between a device that you can only read from and that doesn’t connect to a keyboard, or a device geared toward creating documents, presentations and other projects. It’s the best of both worlds: Teachers and students will be able to leverage existing curriculum and resources already used in the classroom.” – Bill Westrick, Fargo Public Schools IT Director

“We are moving to Windows 8 to give our students the opportunity to work on real-world projects with technology they will eventually see in the workplace, experiences they won’t get on other specialty devices,” said Chief Information Officer Yvette Brown of Barry University. “I think Windows 8 will be easier for those who are not as tech-savvy because of the intuitive user interface with touch capabilities. I love the fact that I can actually get real work done on my Windows 8 tablet.”

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Will the Windows 8 naysayers step aside, please?

[Updated to include additional Case Study per reader recommendations]

Twice a day, I try to check the internet blog-o-sphere to get a perspective on trends, thoughts, and posts related to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.  It is amazing to see the diversity (the love AND the hate) towards the new Windows 8 operating system.  Even before the actual release of Windows 8, the naysayers started filling the web with their blogs on how Windows 8 will not succeed.

At first, I was a little bothered by these posts.  But as of late, I find many of them quite amusing.  I think the reason that I find entertainment in reading many of these articles is that I firmly believe these “blog experts” haven’t taken the time to actually dig into the new capabilities.  It is also completely contrary to my experiences when I deliver a presentation or demo at a convention or business forum; or when I’m discussing Windows 8 for large enterprise organizations.  I find when you take the time to demonstrate the differences and improvements, people seem genuinely enthused. 

With any change, there is a slight learning curve.  It is this change that I believe has many in the blog-o-sphere taking advantage of people’s tendency to embrace the status quo.

Let this sink in (read it twice):

“This new version of Windows is a disaster. Power users can’t wait to replace the UI, and businesses are avoiding it like the plague.” – Ed Bott

I only took a portion of Ed Bott’s quote.  Read it in its entirety:

“This new version of Windows is a disaster. Power users can’t wait to replace the UI, and businesses are avoiding it like the plague. I’m talking, of course, about Windows XP. Ah, how quickly we forget.” – Ed Bott

Windows XP was probably the most successful operating system that was deployed across the globe – especially if you are a small business or a large enterprise.  It too had a slight learning curve and many people were resistant to this initial change.  We soon find that with change, good things happen.

It is true – I am a Microsoft fanboy.  It was a life goal to fulfill a dream and actually work for Microsoft.  For the last 12.5 years as an employee, I have witnessed a lot – the ups and the downs in the industry. 

With Windows 8, I’ve never been more excited and more passionate about the possibilities that the new operating system with the cloud services afford.  Everything is finally starting to come together.  There are great synergies between the devices that are available:  the PC, Laptop, Tablet to the Phone to the XBOX.  With cloud services like Office 365, Windows Azure, SkyDrive, and Windows Intune, I have the ability to merge my work and personal lifestyles where I can finally do both:  work and play.

In closing, I want to take a peak into three stories that convince me that Microsoft is on the right track.  I picked both of the educational stories because they focus on the youth that will be entering the workforce.  I added the the Emirates Airlines Case Study for a non-educational review on the value of Windows 8.

Seaton Hall University

Seton Hall University  October 2012, Microsoft published a case study with Seton Hall University.  Starting with the Fall 2012 school year, Seton Hall University will be giving all first-year students a Windows 8 tablet device and a Windows Phone.  Windows 8 and Windows Phone were chosen after rigorous comparative testing and they found that the students wanted the familiarity of Windows with the productivity of Office.  It also provided the administration the security and management that they have come to expect and demand.

Here is what Seton Hall University’s CIO, Stephen Landry, had to say about it:

“In the fall of 2011, Seton Hall distributed 50 iPads and 400 tablet devices running on Google Android to members of the university community.  We received consistent feedback that people generally liked those consumer devices,” says Landry. “But they missed the familiarity of the Windows interface and the Microsoft Office environment that enables them to be as productive as possible. They wanted a tighter connection between the tablet and desktop experience.” Landry also noted that he appreciates the enterprise-grade security and manageability offered by Microsoft technology.

What I love most about this story comes from Seton Hall’s President, Dr. Gabriel Estaban:

Windows 8 ties everything together. It facilitates students’ ability to consume and create content and collaborate across multiple devices—basically to extend the learning process far beyond the classroom.

This is the Microsoft story… whether it is a University, a Small Business, a Large Enterprise, or for your own personal workstyle.  Connecting experiences across devices.


Southern Illinois University

SIU LogoReported March 2013 by InformationWeek, Southern Illinois University will also be providing Windows 8 tablets (the Dell Latitude 10) to all incoming Freshmen arriving this fall as part of their Mobile Dawg initiative.

Why Windows 8 Tablets?

“SIU expects to save $3 million or more over the course of the planned four-year program, compared with the difference in hardware, warranty, and support costs of an equivalent program based on iPads.”

“Also, the Latitude tablets can be managed with tools such as Microsoft System Center, just like any other Windows computer.”

“Finally, the Dell tablets provided functionality the iPads couldn’t match, such as the ability to run tutorial and assessment courseware that is standard at the university and is based on Flash, which is not supported by Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. Labs and classrooms can also be equipped with docking stations, allowing the Latitude tablets to be used with a full-size keyboard and mouse.”

Emirates Airlines

Emirates Airlines is one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world and they announced during November 2012 that they are deploying the HP ElitePad 900 for their airline pursers and crew.

Emirate Airlines developed an application for Windows 8 to provide a personalized experience for the crew to better serve the needs of their customers.  Anita Grillo, Purser for Emirates, describes the experience as

“Customer information is presented in easy snapshots. I know if it’s someone’s birthday, or what a passenger prefers to eat or drink.  KIS running on Windows 8 enables me to deliver an amazing in-flight experience.”

With Windows 8, I enjoy sharing the best of both worlds.  The ability to provide a flexible workstyle with the enterprise grade management and security solutions customers expect.  Emirates Airlines sees the significance of this:

“For our latest version of Knowledge-driven In-flight Solution, we wanted an amazing user experience that met all the requirements of enterprise IT. With Windows 8, we met that challenge.”  – Kevin Griffiths, Senior Vice President, Cabin Crew, Emirates

Read the Cast Study or watch the video below.

Emirates Airlines uses Windows 8 to improve productivity and increase level of service.


All of these examples show the flexibility of the Windows ecosystem with the security and manageability that organizations demand.  To help you overcome the slight learning curve, take a look at my previous post on Windows 8 Tips, Ticks, and more.


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