Microsoft Redefines SaaS With Launch Of Surface-as-a-Service

By Aarthi Rayapura July 13, 2016

Microsoft unveiled some big news today at its Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto. The Surface line of tablet hybrid computers will now be offered as a subscription service through Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs).

Surface-as-a-Service puts a whole new spin on the SaaS acronym, which is widely accepted as “Software-as-a-Service”. It seems like just about everything is being re-packaged “as-a-service” these days, but SaaS is actually one of the oldest forms of the “as-a-service” because Software-as-a-Service originated the model of licensing and distribution.

Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group for Microsoft, explained to the WPC audience that the Surface-as-a-Service program will allow CSPs to offer Surface hardware as a managed service offering. Combined with cloud services, Office 365, and the Windows 10 managed subscription offering (which Microsoft also announced today), the CSPs will be able to provide a comprehensive end-to-end IT solution as a managed service.

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