Surface tablets and Surface Book are now certified for use by U.S. Department of Defense

Some of Microsoft's Surface devices now can be used by members of the U.S. military. The country's Department of Defense has certified the use of Microsoft's Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices. The announcements comes on the same day that Microsoft revealed the DoD will also upgrade 4 million of its PCs to Windows 10 within a year

Microsoft stated:

"This means that Surface has met the strict security and interoperability requirements consistent with the DISA Field Security Office (FSO) Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG). That's important because we know government and defense technology leaders share many of the same priorities as our other commercial customers across a range of industries— they are interested in how Surface can help workers to be more productive on-the-go, while also offering savings through device consolidation. They want to empower a mobile workforce and transform operations through new digital workflows, without compromising security or performance."

Source: Microsoft

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  • Good news for MS...Right in line with recent reports that show Surface/Win10 tablet use increasing in government while iPad use has been dropping.    
  • Yes but Microsoft needs to be careful as surface would also drop sales the future despite good market share.
  • What? Actual proof?
  • There is no actual proof but every market reaches a saturation point.
  • Isn't Like seeing the glass half empty? At least, seeing that 2-in-1 market is not shrinking at all (unlike other ones)?
  • Does certified mean that they would buy?
  • That means it joined the list of approved devices.
  • On the device side not guaranteed, but they are upgrading practically all their computers. That in itself is a huge win for MS. What MS need to do now is make sure that continuum on phones continues to improve. The enterprise market is were MS has a chance to garner more mind share, when it comes to OS preferences. That means MS is now front and center and the enterprise community will be especially watchful, now that DoD will be upgrading to Windows 10. This could also translate over to more official business specific and other apps being created for Windows 10. What developer would not want their app being used by the DoD?
  • This is a really awesome news. It might help increase the upgrade rate to Windows 10 in businesses.
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  • We are replacing our error prone Dell Venues with Surface Pro 4's and SurfaceBooks
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  • I saw episodes of America Master Chef Junior... they show the kids Skyping the parent/mentors for advice on Surfaces...
  • Ms does really well with the surface product placement. Big support on Walking Dead (not in show of course for that one), everyone on Elementary uses a surface. Quite a few big shows really.
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  • I hate producut placement --- the Surface Pro 3/4 are all over the DC Comic TV show's.
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  • congrats Microsoft! That is an achievement!
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  • Now if really windows 10 is spying on us would the DoD certify the use of surface tablets? Haters would bow in shame. Windows is the future. Accept it or not, it is.
  • DoD will be using an enterprise version of Windows 10 --- meaning they will have complete control over what's sent to Microsoft's. In other words, they will have the ability to disable it via group policy.
  • It doesn't mean windows 10,is spying
    whether enterprise or not. It's called telemetry
  • I wasn't implying that they were 'spying". Fact is in the home version the telemtry you cannot disable this feature, where as the Enterprise version can be disabled via group policies settings.
  • Even in the home version you can dial it way down.
  • Hurray.... But I still can't afford a surface...
  • Exciting news!
  • Well done Ms!
  • I wonder how many Android devices are DoD certified.
  • So now that top gear is over I see the Stig found a job with the DoD. Nice! Maybe he will speed some things up there?
  • Wow this is a good news for Microsoft, I wonder if Apple is planning to make an update design on their macbooks.... Mac Pro, Mac air and whatever they want to call them. Planing to get a Surface pro 4 for school use.