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    30 Surface RT's... What to do with them?

    We have 30 Surface RT's here and I am at a loss with them at the moment.

    I see two options with them.

    1) Use Local accounts on them, they can be used for web browsing, office suite. Prevents use of Apps.

    2) Use a shared MS account on them all. Can use Apps using this method but it requires a sign in at the start and my concern is, what if the MS account password is changed. Will that lock all 30 surfaces out?

    Please can someone with knowledge of these things get back to me on what I can do with them.

    The head is pushing toward shared (trolley) use.

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    We use them with our teaching assistants, they have their own microsoft accounts for logging onto the machines, and then we connect O365 up to outlook and one drive etc, they access SIMS through Bromcoms Teachers Web Folder and they get to treat it like their own personal device.

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    See I'd prefer to give them out, 1:1 style. I want to try to build up enough evidence as to why we should do that.

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    They are really designed for 1:1, especially since you have to have a Microsoft Live account to use on them.

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    Just as I thought. Thanks. Anyone else use them?

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    Can anyone help?

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    Send them back and get 15 pros

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    On a more serious note though. Are you O365 or google apps?

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    Fully O365.

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    It's a shame you cannot logon to them directly with the users existing 365 accounts. Don't know if anyone has managed that.

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    Build a rather expensive house of cards?

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    We use them as option 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKGarry View Post
    It's a shame you cannot logon to them directly with the users existing 365 accounts. Don't know if anyone has managed that.
    Why Microsoft haven't pulled their finger out and sorted this is the biggest mystery of 8.1 \ Surface (imo) - why have a professional grade tablet and enterprise level cloud then nobble it by using consumer grade accounts to log into them?!

    For the couple we've issued to staff thus far I've created a Microsoft Account using the same email as their college account so as far as they're concerned it looks the same. Only issue is passwords will go out of sync over time but there's no way around that right now really.
    Last edited by gshaw; 10th June 2014 at 11:52 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    Why Microsoft haven't pulled their finger out and sorted this is the biggest mystery of 8.1 \ Surface (imo) - why have a professional grade tablet and enterprise level cloud then nobble it by using consumer grade accounts to log into them?!
    You can hook them up to Windows InTune, however it is *very* expensive. No-one has been able to get me pricing for it other than telling me things like £60k per year.

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    We use a cohort of them with option 1 - and removed most of the icons to limit their (obvious) usage.

    We also have given them to some individuals (after making their staff emails, the MS account as well)

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