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Microsoft Surface Tablet Scores Big With Delta Airlines Order

Submitted by on October 2, 2013 – 8:50 amNo Comment

Delta Airlines announced this week that they would equip all of their cockpits with Microsoft Surface 2 tablets, creating a 11,000 unit order for the struggling device. The move was a huge surprise to many, and either represents favoritism gone awry, or illustrates one of the few advantages Microsoft still has over its competitor, Apple.

The Surface was a surprising, even counter-intuitive choice, for many reasons. The tablet hasn’t been approved by the FAA for use as a “flight bag”- a replacement for charts and maps usually carried on board. And Delta announced that the rollout of the devices will take two years, at which point Microsoft will probably have introduced new generations.

On the other hand, the iPad has long been approved for use by the FAA, and is already a pilot favorite. And it is available immediately.

But Microsoft still has one major weapon: Windows, the most used operating system in the world. A Delta spokesperson said the choice was made so that tablets would work with Delta’s pre-existing Windows-based software. In the same vein, Delta announced it would be giving flight attendants Nokia phones that operate on the struggling Windows Phone operating system.

An single unnamed Delta pilot told AppleInsider that they “fought hard” for the iPad.

What do you think- did Microsoft get this deal fair and square, or is there more to the story?

[via Fortune; image by Delta]

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