Surface Family Spreads to New Global Markets by Late-March

Microsoft's Surface line of tablets will be available in several key markets by the end of March. According to an update released by the company, its ARM-powered Surface with Windows RT will be available in Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan; and its more recently launched Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro will launch in Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the U.K., and New Zealand, around the same time.

Japan, Mexico, and Taiwan are potentially high-volume markets for Surface with Windows RT, the most affordable line of tablets in the Surface family. Australia, France, Germany, the U.K., Hong Kong, and New Zealand, on the other hand, are mature markets which could accept premium tablets with pricing that starts at US $899.

"We are eager to see people and businesses in more countries get a chance to experience this new category of devices," said Panos Panay , corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface. "Surface is the best of a tablet and a PC."

Microsoft Corp. today announced that beginning late March the rollout of Surface will continue, bringing Surface RT with Windows RT to Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan and Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro to Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom in the coming months.

"We are eager to see people and businesses in more countries get a chance to experience this new category of devices," said Panos Panay , corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface. "Surface is the best of a tablet and a PC."

Surface is an extension of the Windows experience, letting customers work, play and connect with the people who matter to them. Surface lets customers transition between entertainment and creation. It offers an ultralight durable casing and an integrated kickstand and cover that allow customers to be productive anywhere, as well as a full-sized USB port and microSDXC card slot for adding additional storage and a 16:9 widescreen high-definition display that makes it optimal for viewing and sharing content easily.

Surface RT is best described as a tablet with some laptop capabilities that weaves productivity and mobility into one beautiful product. It is great for those people looking for all-day battery life1 and an entertainment-first experience with the ability to still get work done. Surface Pro is comparable to a full-blown Windows laptop that also boasts tablet capabilities. For the first time, customers can have a fully functional PC that looks, feels and acts like a tablet. With Surface Pro, customers can do virtually everything they have ever done on a PC, ranging from using their favorite desktop applications to enjoying the protection of world-class safety and security software.

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