Department of Defense OKs Surface family, “can be easily worked into deployment plans”

Microsoft Devices Team has taken to the Windows blog to announce the newest victory for Surface (and Microsoft in general) in passing certifications by the US Department of Defense (DoD) for deployment in the government.

Specifically, Surface devices from the third generation – that includes Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book – have been determined to meet the requirements by the Defense Information System Agency (DISA)  Field Security Office (FSO) Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG), and subsequently granted approval as Multifunction Mobile Devices (MMD).

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 approval will enable mentioned Surface devices to enter the Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL), essential making them available for purchase through common contracts and blanket agreements by military departments and other key national security agencies. With the Surface Enterprise Initiative also in motion, and the DoD’s decision to upgrade 4 million seats to Windows 10,  there should be few reasons for these agencies to not get their hands on new shiny Microsoft tech, as long as Microsoft can keep up with the demand. The momentum of Surface and Windows in the enterprise has been exciting to witness, and we can’t wait to see how far Microsoft will be able to go in the future.

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