The Surface Pro 3 is a phenomenal device–it is both the tablet that can replace your laptop, and the laptop that can replace your tablet. Microsoft announced this week that the Surface Pro 3 has cleared all of the hurdles, and has been given the seal of approval by the General Services Administration (GSA), which means employees in [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]government departments and agencies at all levels will now be able to experience the Microsoft tablet for themselves[/inlinetweet].
I wrote about government availability of the Surface Pro 3 in this blog post:
So far, it seems the old adage “Third time’s the charm” applies nicely to Microsoft’s Surface tablets. The Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 were solid devices, but the Surface Pro 3 is the one that has finally started to gain some real traction. Microsoft revealed this week that the Surface Pro 3 has cleared all of the hurdles and is now available for US government agencies and departments as well.
That is a huge deal. The Surface Pro 3 is already doing well, but the addition of government agencies and employees could result in a significant spike in demand. During the recent Microsoft quarterly earnings call, CEO Satya Nadella stated, “We are excited by Surface Pro 3 performance, as unit sales are pacing at twice the rate of what we saw with Pro 2.”
The federal government of the United States comprises millions of employees, and many state, county, and local governments take their cues from the federal government when it comes to which technologies are approved for use by government employees. Receiving the green light from the General Services Administration (GSA) and having the Surface Pro 3 available for purchase by government employees opens a massive pool of potential new customers.
In a blog post announcing the availability of the Surface Pro 3 for government customers, Microsoft’s Cyril Belikoff explained, “Government technology leaders share many of the same priorities as our commercial customers — they are interested in how Surface can offer the power of a laptop and remove the need to carry an iPad, as well as help workers to be more productive on-the-go, thereby making the most of taxpayer dollars.”
You can read the full article at TechRepublic: Surface Pro 3 now available to US government agencies.