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  1.    17 Feb 2016 #1
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    Surface now approved for U.S. Department of Defense


    As the DoD plans for its upgrade to Windows 10, today we’re also pleased to announce that the Surface family of devices are now fully certified and available through the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) and can be easily worked into deployment plans.

    Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, as well as Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 have all been granted approval as Multifunction Mobile Devices (MMD). This means that Surface has met the strict security and interoperability requirements consistent with the DISA Field Security Office (FSO) Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG).


    That’s important because we know government and defense technology leaders share many of the same priorities as our other commercial customers across a range of industries— they are interested in how Surface can help workers to be more productive on-the-go, while also offering savings through device consolidation. They want to empower a mobile workforce and transform operations through new digital workflows, without compromising security or performance.

    Surface Pro 4 is the fastest Surface adopted in business ever with a range of industries including healthcare, financial services, commercial aviation, retail, hospitality, education, engineering and manufacturing all choosing Surface to help their employees get more done. The momentum that Surface continues to build with business customers has been exciting to see.

    Now with the ability to provision Surface through common contract vehicles and blanket purchase agreements, we’re eager to see how military departments and DoD agencies may put Surface to use. And with our recently announced Surface Enterprise Initiative programs designed to accelerate adoption of Surface and Windows 10 in the enterprise, there’s never been a better time for businesses of all kinds to take advantage of the value of Surface: cost savings when removing the need for both a laptop and an iPad; the ability to run full Office and desktop apps; and the strongest security and management with Windows 10.

    To learn more about the benefits of Surface for Government, visit Surface.com, or talk to your local reseller or Microsoft representative.


    Source: Surface now approved for U.S. Department of Defense | Microsoft Devices Blog
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  2.    17 Feb 2016 #2
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    Good news : MS has less to worry about as far as business is concerned.

    Bad news : MS probably listens even less to what the " little people " have to say or suggest.

    My 2 cent.
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  3.    17 Feb 2016 #3
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    I'd love to know the criteria by which this decision was made. I dealt with Government tenders for years (all tech stuff), so I would find this one very interesting. This decision is quite significant. Kudos to MS.
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  4.    17 Feb 2016 #4
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    That is good to know that Microsoft has won this
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  5.    17 Feb 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopard View Post
    I'd love to know the criteria by which this decision was made. I dealt with Government tenders for years (all tech stuff), so I would find this one very interesting. This decision is quite significant. Kudos to MS.
    Since you have the experience, how significant ?
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  6.    17 Feb 2016 #6
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    Have purchased one only yesterday, and have spent the last couple of hours updating....these included firmware and upgrading from 10240 to 10586 plus many other miscellaneous bits and bobs....hopefully the last for a while.

    Spent yesterday setting it up, including facial recognition for signing in....rather strange seeing the camera turning on to check.

    Initial impressions....very impressive piece of kit.
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  7.    17 Feb 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidhk View Post
    Since you have the experience, how significant ?
    Huge.. it's a major amount of money and it's going to be for a long time I bet.

    DOD rarely goes cheap when they spend.
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  8.    18 Feb 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidhk View Post
    Since you have the experience, how significant ?
    Government contracts are always significant to the Private Sector as they want to become the vendor of record. The other significant aspect is the decision to switch vendor- there had to be some damn good reasons for this. The existing relationship is reviewed and the answers provided in the proposal by the vendors are all weighted differently. It is disruptive when products get swapped out and replaced (in large volumes). There are also additional support costs that have to be justified, like training and employee support. Vendors sometimes offer assistance to alleviate these costs. One would assume there was an emphasis on IT security - so maybe this was weighted very heavily in the proposal and Apple did not do as well with their assurances as MS did. That would be significant going forward.
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  9.    18 Feb 2016 #9
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    I now realise how its passed strict government security testing, only just noticed.....my "C" drive is NFTS (Bitlocker Encrypted).
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  10.    18 Feb 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    I now realise how its passed strict government security testing, only just noticed.....my "C" drive is NFTS (Bitlocker Encrypted).
    Mavbe that is Device Encryption. You can check that here. Just download or read the PDF in your browser. It will tell you what to do.

    OneDrive
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