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Enterprise IT, Featured, News - Friday, November 22, 2013 13:35 - 8 Comments
news Minor Federal Government agency the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has revealed plans to refresh its staff PC fleet not with laptops, not with desktop PCs, but with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 tablet, in one of the first known deployments of its kind in Australia.
When Microsoft first introduced its new Windows 8 user interface several years ago, there were significant doubts expressed in the global technology community as to whether the operating system’s unified tablet/desktop PC interface would fly with end users, who have so far appeared to prefer separate operating systems for desktop and laptop machines, compared with mobile devices. Other vendors such as Apple and Google who also provide software for desktop and mobile devices have largely separated the two platforms.
These doubts intensified when Microsoft introduced the Surface family of tablets, which run Windows 8 and are designed to function as next-generation integrated devices, potentially replacing both desktop/laptop and tablet form factors in one unified device. The models have struggled in the consumer market.
However, if the the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is any indication, Microsoft may have more of a winner on its hands with its Windows 8 and Surface product familiies than many realised. The agency’s plans were first outed by ZDNet.
The agency is only a minor organisation within the Federal Government. It employs just 125 staff nationally, with the remit of improving safety and public confidence in the aviation, marine and rail modes of transport, principally through investigation of accidents in those areas.
According to tender documents released this week, much of the agency’s IT needs have been provided through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, which it only separated from in 2009 when it became an independent statutory authority.
To better meet its evolving needs, the agency this week went to market for a wide range of IT services. But probably the most interesting aspect of its purchasing effort is its plans to replace its desktop fleet with Surface Pro 2 machines. Continue…
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