Microsoft tablets' BYOD benefit attracts airline investment

2 October 2013

Mobile devices are becoming more common in the workplace and there is reason to believe Microsoft training for the company's tablet devices may increase in the coming months among enterprise users. 

Across a number of industries, businesses have been investing in tablets as a viable alterative to laptops and desktops. Now, the airline industry is taking note, as Delta Airlines recently announced that it is purchasing a number of Microsoft Surface 2 tablets for its pilots. 

According to USA Today, Delta is planning to buy about 11,000 of the newly released tablets to replace massive stacks of books, maps and manuals the company's pilots rely on each day. The source reported that the airline believes it will be able to save $13 million each year by allowing it to reduce expenses associated with fueling and material purchases. 

BYOD-ready device
The main factor behind Delta choosing Microsoft's Surface 2 table for its new initiative is that the Surface 2 is easy to partition. The source noted that it's rather simple to divide the tablets into personal and business sections, making it a great choice for any enterprise looking to establish a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment. 

While one portion of the tablet can be used to store personal data such as photos or movies, the other half can be dedicated to flight manuals and aviation maps. 

The development is part of Delta's attempt to streamline the technology it uses. PC World reported that just last month, the industry giant purchased 20,000 Windows Phones for its flight attendants. 

Integration made easy
This tech buying trend is likely a result of Microsoft's products being easy to integrate. As enterprise mobility becomes a main driver behind corporate innovation and communication, executives are looking for solutions that increase connectivity and collaboration among staff members. In particular, Microsoft is well positioned to take advantage of this emerging dynamic because its enterprise software products are mobile-ready. 

For example, SharePoint 2013 has a number of useful applications that can be accessed on traditional desktops and mobile devices, making it a flexible solution. Whether or not Delta is planning to implement SharePoint into its mobile strategy is yet to be seen. However, there has been an increased demand for SharePoint certification among a large portion of IT professionals in recent years, as they expect an increase in adoption for the collaborative software. 

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