SINGAPORE, 15 JANUARY 2021 – Microsoft today introduced Surface Pro 7+ for Business for commercial and education customers in Singapore to support business productivity and continuity in remote and hybrid working environments. The device will start shipping to Singapore from 15 January and will be available via Surface Commercial Authorized Resellers (JK Technology; AsiaPac Distribution; UIC Asian Computer Services; Insight) and the Microsoft Store. Surface Hub 2S 85” will also start shipping to Singapore on 1 March via Surface Hub Resellers (Esco; NCS Pte Ltd and Radiance) to support organizations bridge the digital and physical divide in today’s hybrid spaces.
Starting at S$1,528, Surface Pro 7+ will offer optional LTE Advanced to small and medium-sized businesses and the largest organizations, for workers that need to remain connected at home if Wi-Fi bandwidth is limited or in a remote location. Additionally, the latest Surface Hub 2S 85”, starting at S$33,588, will offer commercial customers more flexibility to collaborate and streamline their operations to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving workplace.
“Surface is more than a device — it is a strategic enabler for businesses. We are committed to designing technology that fosters productivity, creativity, and connection to empower people to be successful. We have spoken at length with many of our customers in the last year, listening to their journeys into remote everything. These discussions combined with extensive commissioned research and the work done by our Applied Sciences group, have helped us understand their rapidly evolving needs,” said Shyamol Bansal, Surface Business Group Lead, Microsoft Singapore. “This was a critical part of our development process for Surface – ensuring commercial customer voices are not only heard but brought directly into our product development.”
Microsoft found four key learnings during customer conversations and from research:
- The future of working and learning is hybrid and requires more flexibility: Views on remote work have changed, 82% of managers say they will have more flexible work from home policies post pandemic, and 71% of employees want to continue work from home at least part time. People are sharing spaces throughout their home and are moving locations more throughout their days to stay productive and accommodate others.
- Connectivity is critical to uninterrupted business operations: With multiple people in a household now connecting from home, it is putting a strain on bandwidth – where people are using their cell phones more often as hot spots for online meetings due to poor internet connectivity.
- Camera to camera is the new face to face: Microsoft has learnt through research that people are feeling more empathetic to one another now, and through the lens of a video call they have a better view of life at home and even feel more valued and included as a remote contributor in meetings with everyone being in the same virtual room
- End to end security from chip to cloud is more critical than ever before: Organizations need their data and workflows to be secure to enable remote and hybrid work. Devices need end to end security features to enable the productivity needed to maintain business continuity
Surface Pro 7+ for Business
Additionally, Surface Hub 2S 85” will begin shipping to commercial and education customers in Singapore
Surface Pro is by far the most widely adopted Surface device across enterprise and education customers and Microsoft continues to be inspired by its customers and their use of Surface. Continuing with Surface Pro’s iconic form factor, Microsoft is introducing optional LTE Advanced with Surface Pro 7+, a top requested customer feature that helps keep people connected at home if Wi-Fi bandwidth is limited or if they are in a remote location.
Surface Pro 7+ also comes with the latest 11th Gen Intel Core Processors, 2.1 times faster performance, and longer battery life of up to 15 hours. Available in two colours, Black and Platinum, the device offers the versatility people need to work wherever, whenever they want. In addition, with both USB-A and USB-C ports, Surface Pro 7+ offers the adaptability to dock into external displays and leverage the needed peripherals for a full workstation set up. Microsoft has also integrated front and rear facing cameras into Surface Pro 7+ with 1080p full HD video along with Dolby Atmos speakers and dual far-field Studio Mics so people can be seen and heard.
Surface Pro 7+ will come with a lightweight, sustainable commercial packaging that is 23% lighter than the previous generation and made from 99% natural fiber-based material, of which 64% is post-consumer recycled content. These updates are also reflective of Microsoft’s continued commitment to sustainability.
The Surface Pro 7+ Wi-Fi configuration starts at S$1,528, with the LTE Advanced configuration beginning at S$1,758. Commercial and education customers in Singapore can order Surface Pro 7+ through their local commercial resellers and the Microsoft Store today and start shipping to Singapore from 15 January onwards.
Many organizations are recognizing the importance of large screen, collaborative devices like Surface Hub for a hybrid workforce. Surface Hub 2S 85” will allow customers to take advantage of the Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise configurations, enabling them to run all of their business critical applications utilizing the massive 4K PixelSense touch and ink enabled screen, Microsoft Teams certified audio and video, and an array of onboard sensors.
Commercial and education customers in Singapore can order Surface Hub 2S 85” through their local commercial resellers today, starting at S$33,588. Surface Hub 2S 85” will begin shipping to Singapore from 1 March 2021 onwards.
Security, deployment, and manageability by design
For the first time, Surface Pro 7+ will ship with Windows Enhanced Hardware Security features enabled out of the box. The devices can be managed and updated through the cloud from the first moment the device is turned on and throughout the device lifecycle without IT having to physically touch the device. Customers can have peace of mind in knowing they get great security without compromising employee or student experiences. Microsoft has accomplished this through tight integration between the UEFI (modern BIOS), firmware, and the Windows operating system stack and have shared their implementation of the Microsoft UEFI as open source on GitHub as Project Mu.
Surface will also use the latest Microsoft deployment capabilities like Windows Autopilot to enable devices to ship directly from the factory to people’s homes and be ready to go with security policies, applications, and settings applied. Windows Autopilot gets people online, connected, and productive as quickly as possible, and eliminates time consuming re-imaging and manual device set up for IT departments.
Finally, Microsoft recognizes the importance for customers to be in control of their data. Surface Pro 7+ will also feature a removable SSD for data retention, to support the security and privacy needs of commercial and education organizations. This feature, combined with Microsoft BitLocker protection, makes it easy for customers to retain sensitive data if something happens to their device.
More details on the latest Surface for Business line-up can be found here.
Availability and Pricing
Surface Pro 7+ will start shipping to Singapore from 15 January via the Microsoft Store and these commercial authorised resellers: JK Technology; AsiaPac Distribution; UIC Asian Computer Services; and Insight. Surface Hub 2S 85” will also be shipped to Singapore from 1 March via these commercial authorised resellers: Esco; NCS Pte Ltd and Radiance. The latest devices and Surface for Business accessories will be available in the following configurations in Singapore.