Beginning with the October 2018 launch of the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2, Microsoft implemented its “Surface for Business” descriptor across its new products. This gave customers some new choices with Surface devices coming in two options: a consumer version running Windows 10 Home or a business version running Windows 10 Pro.

So, what are the main differences between the consumer vs business versions of Surface devices going forward? Have you been wondering: “Why would I want to buy a Surface device for my business?” 

Differences in Hardware with Microsoft Surface for Business

The base hardware of a Surface device will be basically the same regardless of whether a customer goes for the Home or Pro option. 

For example, the Surface Pro 6 and the Surface Laptop 2 are running 8th-generation Intel quad-core processor for both the consumer and business versions. As another example, the newest Surface Pro 7 consumer and business versions both run on dual-core 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-1005G1, quad-core 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G4, and quad-core 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7 processors.

Pricing for Business and Consumer Versions of Surface

Pricing will be different for the business and consumer versions of Surface devices. Keep in mind that while the Surface for Business prices will be higher than the consumer options, they come with a slew of additional features designed specifically for business use. 

For example, the Surface Pro 6 for consumers starts at $899 while the Surface Pro 6 for Business starts at $999, and the Surface Laptop 2 for consumers starts at $999 and $1,199 for business.

As another example, the newest Microsoft Surface Pro X for Business starts at $1,099, while the consumer version starts at $999.

Additional Microsoft Surface Features for Business Users

There are many benefits of Surface devices for business that make it easier to work smarter, not harder. Just some of these benefits include:

There are also numerous additional Microsoft Surface features for business users that are not included with the consumer version—here are three key ones.

Surface for Business + Windows 10 Pro

Every single Surface for Business devices ship with Windows 10 Pro, which offers advanced security capabilities, enterprise manageability, and enhanced productivity tools than enable:

Single sign-on and more control over devices with:

  • Azure Active Directory* Join
  • Domain Join + Group Policy
  • MDM client
  • Windows AutoPilot

Control over when and how to update devices through:

  • Deferred updates
  • Windows Update for Business

Easier ways to acquire, deploy, and configure business apps with:

  • Microsoft Store for Business • Assigned Access
  • Client Hyper-V
  • Remote Desktop

Peace of mind over lost devices and passwords through:

  • BitLocker
  • BitLocker To Go

Business Customers have access to Advanced Exchange

In addition to the standard hardware warranty that comes with all Surface devices, business customers will have access to Advanced Exchange. This warranty service includes expedited device replacement at no additional cost, and reduces downtime by sending the customer a new device before they must ship back the defective unit.

With the consumer version of Surface devices without Advanced Exchange, customers must send back their broken device before they can receive a new one. It will then take about 5-8 business days (but varies by country) to get the new device after sending the broken one back.

On the other hand, with the business version of Surface devices that includes Advanced Exchange, you can receive a new device before sending the broken one back. It also only takes 3-5 business days (but varies by country) to get the new device—which you’ll get before having to send the broken one back. This way, business doesn’t have to come to a halt just because there was a problem with one of your devices!

Office 365 for Business Subscription-based Software Model

Surface for Business devices were specifically designed to be used with Office 365 for Business. This subscription-based software model includes valuable features and capabilities that will improve workflows, collaboration, and efficiency in your business. 

There are a few different Office 365 for Business plans you can choose from based on your needs, size, and budget. Just some of the benefits of using Office 365 for Business include:

  • Reliable access to business apps and files for remote workers 
  • The ability to scale with business growth
  • Streamlined collaboration for better brainstorms, virtual meetings, and communication amongst team members
  • Reduced software expenses over time
  • Improved business security and data protection 
  • Office 365 email 
  • File storage and sharing capabilities 

Ready to Experience the Benefits of Surface Devices for Business?

Are you unsure whether the consumer or business version of Surface devices is right for you, or need assistance determine which specific Surface product would be most aligned to meet your needs? If so, reach out to a Protected Trust expert today! 

Or, check out our very own Ingram Leedy explain some of the key differences between the business and consumer versions of Surface devices via video here

We’re here to help you simplify technology so you can experience a truly modern, digital workplace—which we believe is built on an ecosystem of Microsoft Surface devices, Microsoft Teams, and the Microsoft 365 platform!

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About the Author Ingram Leedy

If you are looking for someone who lives on the leading edge of technology innovation, Ingram Leedy has a unique ability to predict the future digital trends.

As CEO of Protected Trust, he is helping business leaders see the world in new ways by connecting people and technology to achieve more.

Before people knew what it meant to be online, he connected people to the Internet with Florida's first internet provider, iThink.

And at the age of 8, he was writing software for a new medium of communication called computer bulletin board services. The idea was to help exchange messages before email.

His parents never really knew what he was doing – it was something with computers.

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