Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has cleared a huge hurdle with the US government for letting local, state and US government customers purchase the device through the General Services Administration (GSA). By clearing this requirement, these customers, along with Federal and defense agencies, can now buy the Pro 3 for deployment within their departments.
The reasoning why Microsoft is celebrating this achievement is that this opens up another market for the Redmond-based company to sell their premier productivity machine. And if you are not familiar with the how the GSA works, they typically buy products in large quantities too.
If you needed any more assurance that the Surface brand is here to stay, to obtain this certification is not an easy task and takes significant time to complete. Knowing this, it shows that Microsoft is not planning to dump this brand anytime soon. More so, the Surface line is likely the next billion dollar line of business for Microsoft too.
Microsoft has also announced today that Surface is enabling distributor-led channel distribution in Japan and Hong Kong, while also approving additional resellers in the United States that meet the criteria required to sell to the public sector.