TGI Fridays is deploying Dell tablets that use Microsoft Windows 8.1 and run a program from Oracle's MICROS. It is one of many restaurant chains that Microsoft is currently working with to infuse more technology into the guest experience. It's worked withHardee's to test kiosk ordering and McDonald's to deliver promotions to customers' phones based on proximity to one of its locations.
"One of the things we see happening across restaurants, retail…is the question about which application of technology will win out," said Tracy Issel, Microsoft's general manager of worldwide retail, in a phone interview.
Meanwhile, TGI Fridays is exploring its options.
"I really look at technology as an accelerator for value creation," Sessions said. "We're working on a wide set of initiatives that are going to help us make more money."
Correction: This article has been updated to reflect TGI Fridays' updated plans for its tablet rollout.