Over 7,000 Windows-based devices now deployed
SEATTLE – March 27, 2015 – Skycast Solutions today announced a successful launch of their cutting-edge Windows-based portable inflight entertainment tablet on Alaska Airlines. Skycast and Microsoft partnered on the product’s development.
The Windows device features the 8” Toshiba Encore 2 tablet running Windows embedded 8.1 Industry with a fast Intel® Atom™ processor and a lightweight security shell/stand that together weigh less than one pound. Alaska Airlines offers the tablet for free to passengers in the First Class cabin and for rental to passengers in coach. The airline offers the tablet on most routes over 3.5 hours.
In addition to a wide array of entertainment offerings such as early-window movies, new releases, TV, music, digital magazines and an “XBOX Game Center,” the device includes robust capabilities including:
- Seamless Wi-Fi access (where applicable)
- ‘One touch’ integration with Alaska’s onboard server streaming content
- Simultaneous multiple screen operation
- Sophisticated usage analytics reporting via Microsoft’s Azure Data Factory
- Privacy settings that ensure user sessions are cleared with every use
- Complex security configurations for content protection
“We are thrilled to launch with Alaska Airlines,” said Bill Boyer, CEO of Skycast Solutions. “After almost a year in development, it’s been very rewarding to have a successful launch and great customer feedback.”
Skycast and Microsoft tapped Ratio – a leading multi-screen agency with deep Windows 8 expertise – to develop the user friendly user interface and configure the tablet for the particular requirements of inflight entertainment. It was designed to be easily updated in terms of content and software.
“Our Windows inflight entertainment tablet now flying on Alaska Airlines is the latest example of our passion for innovation in the airline space and we are pleased to partner with Skycast on this program,” said Greg Jones, director of Hospitality and Travel solutions at Microsoft. “We look forward to enhancing this product even further with Windows 10.”
About Skycast Solutions
Skycast Solutions was founded by Bill Boyer, inventor of the digEplayer. Boyer and a team of aviation veterans are the developers of the seat centric and portable TrayVu™ offerings. Skycast is also the exclusive distributor of the TabCaddy™ product line. Skycast Solutions is dedicated to provide airlines with low-cost/high impact innovations. For more information visit www.skycastsolutions.com
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