Microsoft tries to woo enterprises with Surface 2 tablets

Surface 2 running Windows RT 8.1 offers MDM, VPN support
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Microsoft is trying to convince companies that its new Surface 2 tablets are perfect as an enterprise mobility device.

Even the lower priced Surface 2 running Windows RT 8.1, which starts at $449, provide some attractive features for enterprises, such as mobile device management and virtual private network support, Cyril Belikoff, director of Surface, told IDG News Service in an interview.

The Surface 2 tablet includes remote lockdown and beefed up security, and will be easier for IT administrators to manage, explained Belikoff. Large enterprises and organizations might be eligible for bulk discounts, he added.

The more expensive Surface Pro 2, which is powered by Intel's (NASDAQ: INTC) Haswell chip and starts at a hefty $899, comes with a lot more bells and whistles, such as various multimedia and connectivity options, Belikoff noted. The Surface Pro 2 has a docking station that provides expanded network and display connectivity options.

IT administrators are already predisposed toward Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) because the widespread use of the Windows operating systems on enterprise PCs. "When you start structuring in communications and security, it will likely appeal to IT managers to put the tablet into the field," Roger Kay, principal analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates, told IDG.

The new tablets also include improvements to speed, battery life, camera resolution and kickstand positioning, explained a report by eWeek.

So far, Microsoft's luck with making tablets hasn't been great--it took a $900 million charge related to its inventory of unsold Surface tablets. Microsoft appears to be trying to convince enterprise consumers about the merits of the second generation Surface tablets, something it failed to do for the first generation of tablets.

For more:
- read the IDG article
- check out the eWeek report
- see Microsoft's Surface 2 blog

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