In today’s climate, our homes are doubling up as our offices, and it’s likely to last that way until the pandemic is over or when the vaccination drive takes place.
According to a survey by Enterprise Technology Research, the percentage of workers around the world expected to work from home is said to double.
With that in mind, setting up our home office is crucial for peak productivity, and that includes having the right monitors, laptops and hybrid tablets at hand.
Microsoft found four key learnings during customer conversations and from research:
The future of working and learning is hybrid and requires more flexibility: Views on remote work have changed, 82% of managers say they will have more flexible work from home policies post pandemic, and 71% of employees want to continue work from home at least part time. People are sharing spaces throughout their home and are moving locations more throughout their days to stay productive and accommodate others.
Connectivity is critical to uninterrupted business operations: With multiple people in a household now connecting from home, it is putting a strain on bandwidth - where people are using their cell phones more often as hot spots for online meetings due to poor internet connectivity.
Camera to camera is the new face to face: Microsoft has learnt through research that people are feeling more empathetic to one another now, and through the lens of a video call they have a better view of life at home and even feel more valued and included as a remote contributor in meetings with everyone being in the same virtual room.
End to end security from chip to cloud is more critical than ever before: Organizations need their data and workflows to be secure to enable remote and hybrid work. Devices need end to end security features to enable the productivity needed to maintain business continuity.
Microsoft has introduced a couple of Surface devices both for commercial and education customers in Singapore to support business productivity and continuity in remote and hybrid working environments.
As part of their Lunar New Year campaign, Microsoft is giving us up to 20% savings on Surface devices and more!
Surface Pro is by far the most widely adopted Surface device across enterprise and education customers and Microsoft continues to be inspired by its customers and their use of Surface. Continuing with Surface Pro’s iconic form factor, Microsoft is introducing optional LTE Advanced with Surface Pro 7+, a top requested customer feature that helps keep people connected at home if Wi-Fi bandwidth is limited or if they are in a remote location.
Bundle and save on 8GB RAM/128GB SSD or 8GB RAM/256GB SSD + any Type Cover, starting at S$1,388. Plus get a free Surface Mobile Mouse (Limited time special offer).
The all-new Surface Laptop 3 retains its iconic slim, sleek and lightweight design but is now twice as fast as previous generations, with faster multitasking and improved graphics. Available in two sizes – 13.5-inch and 15-inch, the Surface Laptop 3 can be charged up to 80% in about one hour with Fast Charging feature.
The Surface Laptop 3 is available in Platinum and Matte Black.
Surface Go 2 keeps the same thin, lightweight design, but now offers a larger 10.5-inch PixelSense display, improved battery life and a model with up to 64% faster performance than the original with 8th Generation Intel® Core™ M options for the first time. Microsoft has added Studio Mics, a dual-microphone solution, to increase voice clarity and reduce background noise for Teams meetings or video chats, and a 5MP front-facing camera delivers sharp video even in low light.
They’ve also added the new Camera app for the rear-facing camera to make it easy to scan documents and whiteboards – whether you’re sharing notes from a meeting or turning in homework. Paired with Surface Pen, Surface Go 2 allows distance learners and remote workers to stay digital, while maximising productivity such as drawing diagrams, marking up documents or working through math equations.
Bundle and save on 8GB/128GB SSD (WiFi or 4G LTE Advanced model) + Type Cover, starting at S$828.
Designed for users looking to focus and connect in any setting, Surface Headphones 2 slips comfortably over the ears with soft, lightweight ear pads, allowing users to enjoy their favourite music and shows in comfort and style all day.
Boasting an improved battery life of up to 20 hours, Surface Headphones 2 comes equipped with crystal-clear Omnisonic sound and 13 levels of active noise cancellation, which is adjustable through intuitive on-ear dials and specifically tuned to either block out or amplify human voices.
This latest function comes in handy for users who are looking to focus on their work without distractions from background noises. The headphones also allow dictation in Microsoft 365 apps*, including Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint, keeping both hands free for maximum productivity.
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