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Microsoft Surface As A Service Available In Malaysia

Microsoft Surface As A Service Now Available In Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, 20 March 2017Microsoft announced today the availability of Surface as a Service program in Malaysia, where organizations can procure Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Amazon | Lazada) on a per-user, per month leasing package.

 

Microsoft Surface as a Service in Malaysia

The service offers up to four leasing options, which cover either two-year or three-year programs, where businesses can acquire the Surface Pro 4 (Amazon | Lazada) along with the Surface type cover, extended hardware services warranty and Office 365 Business from RM212 / ~US$ 49 per month. The service is supported by Ingram Micro and 3StepIT in Malaysia.

“In the digital age businesses are actively searching for ways to be better equipped to keep up with constant technological change. Surface as a Service provides our enterprise customers with greater flexibility and freedom of choice in their deployment and purchasing decisions, as many seek to move IT costs from CAPEX to OPEX. The program will also enable faster device refresh, while providing flexibility of solutions that will evolve continuously with the best of Windows and Office,” said Serene Ho, Windows Devices Business Group Lead.

With this service, customers that are interested in purchasing Surface for their organizations can benefit from a flexible and efficient scheme which not only centralizes billing and servicing, but also opens the opportunity for customers to work with Ingram Micro and 3StepIT to customize industry and organization-specific solutions for the enterprise.

Organizations that sign on with ‘Surface as a Service’ will benefit from technological advancements through periodic leased equipment refresh, as well as end of lease term flexibility, where they can choose to return the device, keep the device, or extend the agreement.

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Surface as a Service will help organizations to streamline the replacement and exchange pipeline, as well as configuration and deployment service requirements. This means that customers will only need to work with one partner for end-to-end Surface support and deployment. The service also ensures that the devices will automatically receive the latest Windows and Office 365 updates, enabling businesses to be up-to-date with new features, including the latest security updates.

“We have received positive feedback from our customers who are seeking a delicate balance between keeping up with technology advancements versus costs,” Jocelyn Tan, Division Manager, Ingram Micro. “Surface as a Service is a great model for us to reach out to customers who prefer flexibility when it comes to hardware investments. With Microsoft, we are now able to deliver tailored solutions and services for a wider range of customers seeking for mobile yet powerful productivity without heavy financial outlay from the start.”

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Microsoft Windows Ink Revealed

Microsoft has been working hard at improving the user experience of the Surface Pen. This includes adding new pen-optimised features like Web Notes in the Microsoft Edge browser. They are set to further improve the digital pen experience with the introduction of Windows Ink in the upcoming Anniversary Update to Windows 10.

 

Andres Sirel Demonstrates Windows Ink

In this video, Andres Sirel, Windows & Devices Business Group Lead at Microsoft Malaysia, demonstrates the Windows Ink capabilities that will be introduced in the Anniversary Update to Windows 10. Then we will take a closer look at the Windows Ink features below.

 

Windows Ink Workspace

Windows Ink Workspace collates all of the ink-powered features and apps in an easy to access UX canvas. Just press the Windows Ink Workspace button in the system tray, or click the back of the pen, to launch it!

 

Sketchpad

The Windows Ink Sketchpad gives you a simple blank canvas to quickly and easily draw an idea, solve problems with your digital pen or just doodle. Best of all, it comes with a digital ruler that lets you draw perfect straight lines, just like using a real pen and ruler!

 

Screen Sketch

Screen Sketch lets you take a screenshot and then draw on it with your Surface Pen. You can circle important facts, annotate your comments or doodle on the screenshot before you share it out.

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Improved Sticky Notes

The Anniversary Update to Windows 10 will include an improved Sticky Notes. You will have the ability to create Cortana reminders, including smart entity extraction using Bing. For example, if you write down a flight number, it will use Bing to automatically fetch you the flight status.

 

Customise Your Pen Experience

Microsoft will also introduce new digital pen customisation options in the Anniversary Update to Windows 10. Just go to Settings > Devices > Pen to personalise your digital pen experience!

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Continues To Evolve

The Microsoft Surface continues to be a popular choice for those who want the best Windows experience in mobile computing. In the recently announced FY16 Q3 earnings, Microsoft Surface products saw a second billion-dollar quarter in a row and grew its revenue by 61% year-on-year.

Bruce Howe, General Manager, Consumer Channel Group, Microsoft Malaysia said, “We couldn’t be more excited with what the future holds for Surface and Windows 10. When we first envisioned Surface years ago, we challenged ourselves with an ambitious goal: build a perfect product. We did this by designing hardware that people love and putting it together with the best of Microsoft; now with Windows 10, we have created an experience that is loved by both users and trusted by organizations.”

As the one-year anniversary of the availability of Windows 10 nears, more people at home, at schools, at small businesses, at large companies, and other organizations are adopting Windows 10 faster than ever, and use Windows 10 more than ever before. Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices around the world.

“We’re seeing great momentum but the innovation doesn’t stop here. At Microsoft, we continuously listen to our customers – improving and innovating as we go along to create a product that people truly want. In fact, there isn’t a better time to get onboard with Windows 10. The free upgrade offer to Windows 10 was a first for Microsoft, helping people upgrade faster than ever before. But time is running out – the free upgrade offer will end soon on July 29, so I urge all Malaysians to take up the free upgrade offer and don’t miss out,” concluded Howe. [adrotate banner=”5″]

 

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Microsoft Malaysia’s Windows 10 Media Treasure Hunt

On the 3rd of February, Microsoft Malaysia organised a treasure hunt for the Malaysian media. It was a way to familiarise the participants with the Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950, as well as a great way to start 2016 with a bang!

 

The Windows 10 Treasure Hunt

Microsoft Malaysia began the treasure hunt by briefing all five teams (teams Blue, Green, Grey, Red, and Yellow) about the key features of two Windows 10 devices – the Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950. Innovative characteristics such as Windows Hello, Edge annotation, superior camera optics, and multitasking functions were used by each team to finish their respective challenges.

Each team had to complete six challenges at six stations, with the help of the Microsoft Senior Leadership Team (SLT) – Michal Golebiewski (Chief Marketing & Operations Officer) and Bruce Howe (General Manager of Consumer Channel Group). After collecting their respective survival kits, containing a Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950, cereal bars and an energy drink, the teams were off to attempt their first challenge.

Participants attending the Windows 10 Treasure Hunt briefing at Coffee Planet

Each station had a particular challenge that required either the Surface Pro 4 or Lumia 950 to complete. Station one was at Avenue K, and the challenge was to sing along with buskers on a song unknown to each team. As an answer to this challenge, the Surface Pro 4 was used as a multitasking device, activating its snap assist function, allowing each team to refer to the song lyrics and the karaoke video of the song simultaneously. The SLT joined in the fun, belting their lungs out as well!

At Station two (at Break Out, Avenue K), the challenge was to take a picture of a hidden message in low light conditions. For this challenge, the Lumia 950 flung into action with its 20 MP Carl Zeiss optics, allowing each team to identify the message with a breeze, even in low light situations.

Team Green at the Microsoft Authorized Reseller Store attempting the last minute challenge

Station three was a security challenge, where teams were required to find the right Bryan. The catch was that there were actually four similarly dressed individuals, of which one was required to unlock a Surface Pro 4 with Windows Hello – an inherent biometric security feature within Windows 10. Windows Hello successfully identified the right Bryan 100% of the time, across all five teams. Of course, more fun and physical activities ensued in the process.

Team Blue at Avenue K attempting the Windows Hello challenge

The next challenge at Station four, was a game of vocabulary. It required each team to go to a DoGreatThings microsite and with the use of nothing but a digital pen, to solve a crossword puzzle and share their answers via e-mail. The Surface Pro 4’s sensitive 12.3-inch PixelSense display with 3:2 aspect ratio was ideal for comfortable viewing and note-taking, allowing each team to use the digital pen and Surface as if it were the real thing.

 

Team Grey at Aseana Cafe attempting the annotation challenge

Each team would then have to make their way to Station five (Microsoft Authorized Reseller (MAR) Store at Suria KLCC) for their next challenge. This challenge aimed at replicating real-life working scenarios, with tight deadlines. It required each team to proofread a PowerPoint presentation with the use of the Lumia 950. A cool and nifty Windows 10 feature, called Continuum, allowed each team’s Lumia phone to literally work like a PC. With the use of an additional docking station available at the MAR Store, each team was able to complete their proofreading task in under 15 minutes! Now that’s what you call productivity.

Team Green at the Microsoft Authorized Reseller Store attempting the last minute challenge

At Station six, also known as the Bonus Round, was a test of wits. A levitating Master Yoda was present to guide each team to find a similarity between a picture he was holding, and the Surface Pro 4. After completing the challenge, participants were then told where lunch would be served.

The treasure hunt ended with all teams, albeit exhausted but thoroughly engaged, having lunch with both Michal and Bruce at Tujo Bar-serrie & Grill, where both the team and individual winners were announced. With a full belly, and an enhanced experience with Microsoft’s Surface and Lumia devices, each team left the treasure hunt with an enriched understanding of Windows 10 and greater sense of camaraderie.

 

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