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Collaboration is Key to Developing the Modern Worker’s Notebook

Larren Kingsford, HP Notebook Channel Product Manager

March 12, 2018  |  Collaboration  •  Cyber Security  •  Mobility + End User Devices

Notebooks are not a one-size-fits-all product. With the workforce becoming increasingly mobile, the need for a portable device that can collaborate with different systems and communications applications is greater than ever.

These realities are especially true for federal agencies whose workers service specific missions not only across the country but also all over the world.

And while notebooks now need to be collaborative devices, at HP we realized the only way to do that well is to engage our partner companies to make our most holistic, secure and manageable offering to date—the Elite family of notebooks.

We knew that three essential elements—design, collaboration and security—would be the key to developing a notebook that would best suit the modern federal worker. Rarely tethered to their desks anymore, agency employees are often weaving their way through Skype meetings while also preparing slide presentations and meeting with others out in the field.


Design doesn’t just address how the product looks. It also has to do with the user experience, which needs to be sleek and smooth, as well as work harmoniously with other products and applications. HP made sure that the new Elite series notebooks enable an effortless experience for today’s mobile workplace.


HP’s partners are some of the most innovative companies in the world. Through Microsoft, the Elite notebooks come equipped with both Office 365 and Skype for Business as well as Windows 10—the most secure windows operating system ever. Intel Unite software is built in to help agencies deploy smart, secure conference room technology. And sounds wizards Bang & Olufsen have provided bold, crisp and accurate audio.

Between HP, Intel and Microsoft, our three companies partnered together to innovate sleek design, enterprise-grade security and smooth collaboration—helping to exceed the demands of the modern mobile work life.


With the number of internet-connected devices proliferating at breakneck speed, security should always be top-of-mind for agencies deploying notebooks. At HP, we’re making the bold claim that our notebooks are the world’s most secure. That’s because our security is built-in and not bolted-on.

The risk of a cyberattack decreases when resiliency in a device is built from the ground up. Dynamic protection, facial and fingerprint recognition and an exceptionally secure operating system with Intel processors are just some of the features that help secure our notebooks.

The newest generation of HP’s Sure Start technology offers security on the BIOS level, meaning the data that controls how your computer is configured will be protected. This is important because hackers often look to penetrate a computer at the lowest levels.

Beyond that, HP SureView allows users to combat visual hacking by reducing up to 95 percent of visible light when viewed at an angle, making it difficult for others to view information on the screen.

Other built-in security features include the ability to lock and unlock your notebook based on your cell location and get a notification if someone is tampering with your computer.

And through our partner companies, we’re able to offer even deeper security options to keep your data safe. The Intel Authenticate solution is designed to verify two or more factors for maximum security coverage. These factors are captured, encrypted, matched and stored in the hardware—reducing exposure to common software-level attack methods.

And through Microsoft, our notebooks use facial, gesture or fingerprint recognition, along with PINs and passwords, in any combination to lock out unauthorized users.

The world is a lot different than it was even a few years ago. We don’t work the same way we used to, and our notebooks shouldn’t be built on the same technology. With mobility, the cloud and all of our connected devices, we wanted to make sure our computers were able to not only stand the rigor of modern work life but also the ever-widening cyber security threat landscape.

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