Back in July this year at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto, Microsoft Surface as a Service, a new leasing program for business was launched.
At that time we learned that through this new offering Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Providers (who are also Surface Authorized Distributors) can offer Surface devices through a managed service “offering to all of resellers and customers.”
ALSO, a leading CSP out of Europe, was the first one authorized as part of “Workplace as a Service Solutions” program. The company said at that time, “it look forward to working with other partners to expand this program globally.”
Distributor Ingram Micro announced earlier this month it would also offer Surface as a Service in the UK.
This week, the Redmond provided some additional details about ‘Surface as a Service’, according to report, it’s a part of Microsoft’s Surface Enterprise Initiative (SEI), reports MJ Foley who managed to get the Microsoft official spilling more details.
As officials are describing ‘SEI’ is, “focusing on bringing a family of premium, productive devices to businesses of all sizes, through strategic partners and programs”.
Alongside a Surface as a Service bundle can consists of managed cloud services, Office 365, Windows 10, relevant ISV software, Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Surface accessories, plus ‘financing’.
Additionally, Microsoft Complete for Enterprise is also available to customers through Microsoft commercial resellers and can be included in a Surface as a Service offering.
The official also reveals that users can choose a 12-, 24-, or 36-month Surface leasing contracts. And, a minimum bundle includes a Office 365, a Surface device and accessories, and a monthly bill.
On the pricing, the official said it all “depend on the components in the offering and on the length of the subscription.”
Microsoft is touting this new offering more specifically that enable business customers pay monthly to lease certain Surface devices, accessories, software, services, and support. In short, it ensures customers can have the latest Surface devices that evolve with the best Windows and Office have to offer.
“Surface as a Service includes a broader, more customizable set of solutions, programs and services, and is available globally,” Microsoft official said.
However, please not, Surface as a Service program and Microsoft Surface Membership program are altogether different in a number of key ways.
- “Surface Membership Program is a US-only service sold through Microsoft retail stores.
- Surface Membership provides customers with Surface devices and a special support offering via a monthly bill for 12-, 24-, and 30-month subscription periods,” official explained.