Well… where do I begin talking about that Microsoft announcement? Using Microsoft devices for business has probably never been easier than it is after yesterday’s releases. Aside from the Microsoft band for fitness nuts, or the Xbox One and Hololens for the gaming fans (how cool was that demonstration?), the new phones, tablets and even laptop were presented with the concept of ‘productivity’ in mind. The new Lumia 950 and 950 XL were described by Panos Panay, the most charismatic men I’ve ever seen, as ‘the most productive phone you’ve ever picked up’. The Surface Pro 4 was once again billed as ‘the tablet to replace your laptop’, and the SurfaceBook had the phrase ‘ultimate laptop’ tossed around at least 4 times during its demonstration. Clearly, Microsoft is going all in to create a generation of Microsoft devices for business.

So, by discussing the Lumia 950/ 950 XL, the new Surface Pro 4, and the Surfacebook, we’d like to talk about how using the Microsoft devices for Business can change the way you work.

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All 3 devices- phone, tablet, and laptop- can be classed as hybrids. Microsoft started the trend with the Surface Pro, and acknowledged their competitors on stage- namely, the iPad Pro and the Pixel C. The surface Pro 4 builds on the excellent work of Microsoft Surfaces before it, improving not only the specs on the tablet itself but additionally creating a widened keyboard and a bigger trackpad, enhancing the hybrid experience. The SurfaceBook is a mirror image- if the new surface is a tablet that can turn into a laptop, then the SurfaceBook is a laptop that happens to be a tablet from time to time. The sneaky devils presented the entire thing as a single component laptop, before pulling the screen off. By presenting it as a laptop, I think it will change the opinion of many hybrid doubters- it looks high-tech, sleek, and capable.

One of the winning aspects of the hybrid mission comes from Microsoft Continuum display dock. I think this is the ultimate of all Microsoft devices for business. The demonstration showed how you could plug your phone into the dock and access, edit and email your files online, effectively transforming your smartphone into a small laptop. Being able to turn the smallest device in your arsenal into a PC going to change the hybrid landscape forever.

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All the devices are incredibly light. Even the surface book, which appears an incredibly sturdy device, is described as being lighter than expected- and was held aloft with ease quite regularly at the announcement. The Surface Pro 4 is still as flexible as ever- these are devices easy to picture being set up in coffee shops and taken to meetings. The advantage of the display dock is that your smartphone already goes everywhere with you, so by making your handset of choice either the 950 or the 950XL, you’re harnessing the ultimate flexibility. Additionally, given the fact these devices are Microsoft devices built with Windows 10 in mind, you won’t find anything to run your Office 365 account better. With these devices, your entire office suite can be available anywhere.

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The specs on these devices are downright incredible, that can’t be argued. In fact, Panay refused to compare the Surface Pro 4 to any other tablet, claiming it too far outclassed every other one on the market. It was described instead as being 50% faster than Apple’s Macbook Air- a pretty astonishing comparison. With up to 1 terrabyte storage and up to 16gb of RAM, the Surface Pro 4 is firmly in laptop-grade levels of power. Similarly, the SurfaceBook is equipped with the latest generation of intel-core processors, is incredibly GPU intensive, and is also 50% faster than Apple’s Macbook Pro. Alongside the Lumia 950 and 950XL’s hexacore and octacore processors, you don’t have any excuses left for not getting your work done.

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All these devices are operating Windows 10, the latest Microsoft operation system which is on 110 million devices already, despite only being released 10 weeks ago. Windows 10 features Windows Hello, which is a biometric authentication service. Using Windows hello, you can log in to your devices using either your face or your fingerprint. This data is encrypted and stored safely on your device, so no matter how sensitive your data is, you can access it anywhere. This is an absolute necessity in every modern industry, and might encourage the cheaper BYOD model of device management.

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You absolutely should, if price isn’t an issue for you. Although the Lumia 950 and 950XL are $549 and $649 (no UK release yet), which is around the standard for a high-level smartphone, the Surface Pro 4 weighs in at £749 and the SurfaceBook a huge $1499 (no UK release yet). Price could be a factor here. But in purchasing one of these Microsoft devices for business, you’re getting one of the most productive devices yet.