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Microsoft Surface Solutions For Small To Medium Businesses

Shawn

June 22, 2022

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It should be said that Microsoft has been part of the success stories of many garage start-ups. Even Microsoft co-founders, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, worked out of an Albuquerque garage in the early days of the company. Today, Windows is used by both small, medium and massive companies the world over. And now they're taking it one step further by offering cutting-edge hardware powered by the Windows ecosystem. Let's show you why Microsoft Surface is a perfect fit for small and medium-sized entities. 

Covered In This Article:

Unleashing The Power Of Microsoft 365 And Surface
A Hybrid Work Technology As Solution
Reducing Security Risks

Unleashing The Power Of Microsoft 365 & Surface


Microsoft 365 is the productivity cloud designed to help you pursue your passion and run your business. More than just apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft 365 brings together best-in-class productivity apps with powerful cloud services, device management, and advanced security in one, connected experience.

Over the past two years, businesses of all industries and sizes have had to adapt to new ways of working, a challenging operating environment, and ever-changing customer expectations. With all this change, it’s hard to overstate the impact of having secure and reliable productivity and collaboration tools. It’s tools like these that enable the communication, flexibility, and innovation that keep businesses thriving in the new era of work. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are no exception, but they need tools tailored to their unique needs and challenges.

Meet, Call, Chat & Connect

In addition to robust security offering with Microsoft Defender for Business, Microsoft is bringing together all the features businesses need to serve customers with Microsoft Teams Essentials, their standalone version of Microsoft Teams. From restaurants to retailers to professional services, small businesses can easily meet, collaborate, communicate, and serve customers in new ways, all on their trusted Surface devices.

A third of SMB employees expect to switch permanently to remote work post-pandemic, which is why Microsoft is delivering solutions designed for this new reality. One of the biggest challenges in moving from physical to digital is keeping people connected in an efficient and inexpensive way with Surface and Teams Essentials.

Teams Essentials makes this possible by integrating customers, clients, and collaborators all in one place. It offers unlimited group video calls for up to 30 hours, group chat, file sharing, and calendaring. With no IT expertise necessary, Teams Essentials enables those with and without a Teams account to participate easily and effectively.

If you need more convincing, then click here to find the top seven reasons why Surface is perfect for SMEs.

A Hybrid Work Technology As Solution


To build a successful hybrid work environment, business and IT leaders need to give employees the tools to succeed. The Microsoft Surface family of devices have been designed to offer just that.

Surface unlocks:

  • Collaboration: Enable teams to share information and ideas, and to collaborate together wherever they work.
  • Modern Management: Improve IT efficiency and reduce costs with remote zero-touch deployment and management.
  • Security: Protect your business with ultimate control, proactive protection and peace of mind wherever work happens.
  • Choice And Flexibility: Give employees versatility and the performance they need to get it all done.

Empower your people to work on their terms. Whether they’re on the move and need stable, secure LTE connectivity or tackling intensive tasks, Surface has a perfect match for everyone on your team. Surface laptops and 2-in-1s are small business-ready.

Reducing Security Risks


With Surface, security from Microsoft is built into every layer of the device, from hardware to firmware, to the operating system, and through to cloud management tools from Microsoft 365. Microsoft Surface has been using a unified approach to firmware protection and device security since 2015 through complete end-to-end ownership of the hardware design, in-house firmware development, and a holistic approach to device updates and management.

Because device firmware mostly involves third-party providers, keeping track of how secure firmware is, is becoming incredibly complicated. Since firmware is essentially embedded software that provides a low level of control for a device’s specific hardware – a standard set of coded instructions that tells the device what to do, used in all kinds of consumer electronics to computers themselves – they are an ideal entry-point to a device’s actual hardware for any attacker.

For a detailed description of the various security measures implemented by Microsoft mentioned here, please refer to articles on the Microsoft website on Microsoft Surface Security and Advanced Windows Security. The most recent research in cyber security indicates that as manufacturers build more protections into the OS and its connected services, other ways of exploiting device vulnerabilities are emerging at an alarming rate, with firmware emerging as a top target.

What Is Chip-To-Cloud Protection?

Chip-to-cloud is a unique technology that helps craft secure-by-design devices utilising microchips that are energy-efficient because it will further help stay connected to the cloud every time.

Every layer of Surface from chip-to-cloud is maintained by Microsoft, giving you ultimate control, proactive protection, and peace of mind wherever and however, work gets done. Surface devises ship with the strongest security protocols Microsoft offers and enables streamlined management that reduces IT complexity and helps users stay focused on their work.

Surface drives security through a defence-in-depth approach by utilizing a layering of independent defensive sub-components. From chip-to-cloud or a UEFI that ensures a Root of Trust to the AI-powered Microsoft Defender for Endpoint that works to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats, Surface enforces the position that built-in from Microsoft is better than a bolt-on.

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