Microsoft will kick off a new “Surface as a Service” leasing program on July 12, giving enterprise customers the opportunity to loan Surface devices. Now a new report details exactly how the program will work.
Reporting for ZDNet, and citing Microsoft officials, Mary Jo Foley explains that Surface as a Service will allow business customers to pay a monthly fee to lease certain Surface devices, accessories, software, services, and support.
“Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners who are Surface Authorized Distributors and Resellers are the ones authorized to sell Surface as a Service,” Foley adds, with Microsoft currently not planning to offer the service directly.
Customers will be able to choose from 12-, 24-, and 36-month leading contracts, each of which can be configured with a bundle of hardware, software, and services. At a minimum, each one is expected to include Office 365, a Surface device, and accessories.
Eligible products are said to include Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, official Surface accessories, Office 365, Windows 10, ISV software, and customer support. Microsoft Complete for Enterprise will also be available through commercial resellers, Foley adds.
“Pricing will depend on the components in the offering and on the length of the subscription,” said one Microsoft official. “The program is designed to flex to work for each customer, providing all of the components businesses need to support their end users in the most simple and complete way.”
Surface as a Service will be available globally, unlike Microsoft’s existing Surface Membership Program, which is exclusive to the U.S. It will also offer a broader and more customizable set of solutions, programs, and services, Microsoft says.