If you think iPads have cornered the market on replacing flight manuals in airline cockpits, you'd be wrong. Microsoft tablets, specifically the Windows RT-equipped Surface 2 tablet will soon be used by Delta Airlines pilots, Windows IT Pro reported Thursday.
To be clear, according to an earlier report by Windows IT Pro, Delta was already planning to use Windows RT tablets in its cockpits, but not the Surface 2. Instead, the company was planning to use Nokia's long awaited "Sirius" tablet, which is now expected to be dubbed the Lumia 2520 tablet, which is expected to launch at an event in October.
It's now switched to the Surface 2 tablet, for unknown reasons.
These are the second-generation Windows RT version of Microsoft's Surface tablet, not the Pro versions which run the full Windows 8 platform.
In a recent memo to its employees that Windows IT Pro obtained, the airline alerted to the upcoming change.
In less than two years, Delta cockpits will be paperless as we roll-out the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet running Windows 8.1 RT as our company-issued device. The 757/767 fleet will be the first to make the transition with the 777, 747 and MD88 as fast followers. Look for an announcement from Delta and Microsoft in the coming days about our partnership on the initiative.
Currently, Delta pilots can bring their own iPads as part of a Delta BYOD policy. However, the move to a company-standard -- Surface 2 tablets -- could mean a change is coming. Reportedly, Delta wants "current iPad Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) users to transition to a company-issued device."
Many companies want to lessen their expense by having employees bring their own devices while the company supports them. In this case, Delta wants to move away from BYOD and to company-issued devices only.