Approved! It happened late last week, but the NSA has cleared both Windows 10 and the Surface line of hardware devices, and added them to its curiously named CSfC list.
Which oddly enough, stands for Commercial Solutions for Classified Programs.
The whole process took a while, but Microsoft announced this late last week, saying that its latest Windows 10 operating system and Surface tablets have been cleared for classified use by the National Security Agency.
In fact, the Surface is the only Windows 10 device that has made this list, leading Redmond to claim that this only proves that the software and hardware combination it provides is of the highest level.
And even the US authorities can confirm it.
This is what the company said:
“Our customers are the most security-conscious in the world and demonstrating our commitment to meeting their needs is incredibly important to us.
Today, I’m excited to share that both Windows 10 and Surface devices including Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book have been added to the NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified Programs (CSfC) list. The CSfC program listing demonstrates Windows 10, as well as Surface devices (the only Windows 10 devices currently on the list), when used in a layered solution, can meet the highest security requirements for use in classified environments.”
Getting this go-ahead is a big win for Microsoft, as it basically means that the company can now sign more contracts with government agencies and implement solutions based on Widows 10 and Surface in various state departments.
With Windows 10 deployment in enterprise finally on the rise, the software titan is betting big on government contracts now, as it tries to convince organizations to adopt its flagship platform.
The company will also discuss its latest efforts at the RSA security conference later this week, where it plans to share more details on what the Creators Update brings for enterprises users when it officially makes its way out in April.