Microsoft’s Devices are Increasingly Popular in the US Government

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
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We already told you that Russia plans to abandon Windows operating systems on government PCs, which isn’t a big surprise, since Russia is no so open to foreign technologies. On the other hand, the US government will reportedly do an exact opposite thing.

Recent reports from research firm Govini point out that the adoption of Windows-powered devices, mainly Surface tablets is on the rise in the US government. However, Apple’s devices still hold the majority of the share, but the percentage is constantly changing in favor of Microsoft devices.

The Army, Air Force, Justice, Navy, DOI, and DHS are the departments where the adoption of Microsoft is on the highest level (Apple still dominates the share, though). But it won’t be a surprise if we see other departments switching to Microsoft’s tablets in the near future.

The Army was the biggest spender last year, as the department spent $22 million on iPads, $2 million on Surface/Windows tablets, and another $2 million on Android-powered devices.

US Department of  Defense to move to Surface devices

Microsoft today announced that the US Department of Defense has certified to the use of 4 million Microsoft’s Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices.

“This means that Surface has met the strict security and interoperability requirements consistent with the DISA Field Security Office (FSO) Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG). That’s important because we know government and defense technology leaders share many of the same priorities as our other commercial customers across a range of industries— they are interested in how Surface can help workers to be more productive on-the-go, while also offering savings through device consolidation. They want to empower a mobile workforce and transform operations through new digital workflows, without compromising security or performance.”

This is a big move towards making Windows 10 the main operating system of the US government. However, some experts are surprised by this DoD’s move, because Windows 10 is a relatively new operating system, and many organizations tend to hold off the switch, but it looks like Microsoft’s latest operating offers exactly what the US government needs.

Apple starts losing its share in the US government

Back in 2012, Apple’s computers were absolutely dominant in all US government departments, as the Cupertino giant held a enormous 98 percent of the total share that year. But since Microsoft introduced its first tablet devices, it managed to reach 25 percent of the market share since. Apple’s share dropped to a new low of 61 percent in 2015, while Android held 11%.

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Govini marks the ability of Surface users to integrate with Windows PCs as the main strength of Microsoft’s devices. The research firm also noted that the government prefers Microsoft’s devices, because Windows offers more customization than iOS. Also, it has been said that Windows 10 is providing more productivity, while the hybrid approach is also interesting to the government.

As we said, Apple still holds the majority of Federal sales, but if Microsoft continues to deliver quality and productivity-oriented devices, like the Surface Pro tablets, we could see changes on the top in the future.


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