Microsoft's device-as-a-service (DaaS) subscription, dubbed MMD for Microsoft Managed Desktop, currently offers a choice of three Surface configurations.

Although Microsoft has said it plans to expand device selection of MMD to third-party hardware, it has not revealed a timetable for that or identified which OEMs' (original equipment manufacturers) PCs will be on the menu. For now, only Microsoft's own Surface gear will be "rented" to enterprise customers and managed – both through the devices' lifecycles and for regular upgrade and update servicing – by Microsoft.

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The three configurations, one in each of the Surface lines, are:

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