Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot
1> ... MS based tablets have also been through that process.. not the Surface2, but there are several windows-based products that were never really available at the consumer level that were used in Airlines.
That's nice, but totally not relevant. Microsoft could've had 100 billion different products with FAA certification on every aircraft ever built. At issue is the Surface 2 not having the required certification for each aircraft Delta planes on using for this program, and the process is very long.
2> ... Related to #1... EVERY bit of software they need is ALREADY available for Windows OS. They've been around for years. That is a non-issue.
Again, that's nice that all the software is available on Windows (although many applications still specifically require Windows XP), however what's relevant is whether it runs on the Surface 2, and pretty much none of it does. You might have had a point if you were talking about Windows XP laptops in the cockpit, or even the Surface Pro 2, but this is the ARM version of Surface as in the Surface RT, only the stink of "RT" is so bad that Microsoft removed it from the name adding further confusion to the market.
3> ... In the heavily regulated industries , like airlines, a single-vendor solution is actually much easier to manage than BYOD.
Yet again, that's nice, but how many examples can you give of a company going from a well-used BYOD to single-vendor where the single vendor has less than 1% market share? That asked, of course the Surface 2 will be easy to manage... "Here, here's your Surface 2, it comes with MS Office which should come in handy when you've got a problem in the cockpit. Don't worry about putting unauthorized software on it, because you won't find any."
Seriously, there are too many questions left unanswered in the article, but worse, left unasked, as in these things never occurred to Paul Thurrott when he was trying to get confirmation on the story.