Canadian Job Training School Purchases 5,800 Surface 2 Tablets

Canadian Job Training School Purchases 5,800 Surface 2 Tablets

Even though Microsoft’s Surface division is still losing money, things are on the up. From a decline of $900 million last year to a negative balance of $45 million this past quarter, the gap is closing.

And at the same time, more and more organizations are ordering units.


Redmond put up a press release recently to announce that CDI College in Canada has decided to give all students free Surface 2 tablets, as they needed a more effective way of delivering information. This major order comes in at a total of 5,800 Surface 2 units.

The technology titan notes that the educational institute decide to go all in with the second generation Surface slates after a pilot program with the tablet at its Ajax, Ontario campus.

According to Dr. Bohdan Bilan, CDI College vice president of academics and regulatory affairs:

“We need to provide students with the tools they will use when they graduate and the skills that will translate in the future as technology continues to evolve, so the Surface 2 and Microsoft software was perfect for us.”

Microsoft, obviously, used this occasion to talk more about its Surface 2 tablet, saying that students are using the devices for their educational needs — from downloading and accessing course materials and assignments to reading ebooks, sharing files via OneDrive and communicating via Skype.

The devices will be given to students this summer.

  • Kelsy Martin

    Gap is closing slowly but surely as you said. This is exactly what the surface needs. More bulk purchases from schools or businesses. That’ll close the gap rather quickly.

  • Ray C

    We have a couple departments at my college ordering them as opposed to iPads. After playing around with these and setting a few up them up, I see again why I originally liked this device.

    • Drew J

      Smart for schools I think. As usual, Microsoft is much better for professional and educational endeavors. Have to take that into account when purchasing tablets.

  • Claire R

    5,800 units is a good amount! Hopefully some larger schools or companies will purchase more than that soon too. I believe they can climb out of this deficit with a few more big purchases.