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EVERY airline must have a huge relationship with Microsoft in the data center, but Delta seems unique among the big ones, anyway, in trying to roll out Microsoft devices to the flight crews. The initial device selection for the cockpit, IIRC, was a Surface that couldn't properly run the Jeppsen software, so those devices were scrapped & upgraded to Intel-powered tablets. But the motivation must be around the attendants' Nokias, which are getting pretty old and obsolete at this point. The Surfaces, which on paper have nice specs, would've had to go along with the choice of a phone-sized device, to avoid an in-house team having to support two platforms.
Remember the days when the Big Bad Apple put the screws to suppliers, who couldn't make any money because Apple was such a hardass business negotiator?Haven't seen one of those stories in a while; seems now that the suppliers with cutting-edge expertise and ability to work with a big, tightly-managed customer, do MORE than OK.