Yesterday, we reported that UK Prime Minister Theresa May recently visited Microsoft’s UK headquarters. Today, UK’s Department for Education (DfE) has announced that they are deploying Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 devices for its its 5,000 employees. Adrian Tucker, Chief Technology Officer at the DfE said that they chose Surface devices as they could offer employees the ability to work from anywhere and enable the department to maximise the space available.
“We have seen significant technology modernisation over the past 18 months, and the Surface devices have been a big part of that,” said Adrian Tucker, Chief Technology Officer at the DfE. “The Surface Book has been a core part of our mobility and productivity; it’s allowed us to use a device that’s secure in a mobile way. We have also upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and we are able to collaborate, share documents and use the cloud. We haven’t had these benefits before, and now we want to exploit the technology.”
DfE has been trialling the Surface Pro 3 devices and they felt it as the right device because of the annotation and collaboration capabilities. Now, they have taken the decision to roll out the Surface Pro 4 as it became available.
“It really is significant to see government departments such as the DfE make bold IT decisions for the future. By deploying Surface devices, organisations like DfE can drive substantial efficiencies and boost employee productivity. In a traditional ‘pen and paper’ industry, it’s refreshing to see such a large-scale transformational push towards paperless working, with colleagues collaborating in an intuitive and secure manner, whether in the office or in the field,” said Ryan Asdourian, Windows and Surface Lead at Microsoft UK.