Microsoft's Surface Tablet RT and Surface Pro to Enjoy Broad International Availability by End of June

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News Posted: Wed, Apr 24 2013 9:43 AM
Microsoft mentioned weeks ago that its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets would see wider worldwide available, and now the company has further clarified its rollout plans for its homegrown Windows RT and Windows 8 devices.

The Surface RT tablet is already available in over two dozen markets, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, the UK, the U.S., and a number of European countries, but it will also be available in Malaysia tomorrow, in Mexico at the end of May, and in Korea and Thailand sometime in June.

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By contrast, the Surface Pro has only been available in the U.S., Canada, and China, but that’s about to change in a major way. Microsoft says that before the end of May, it will debut the Surface Pro in (take a deep breath) Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The tablet is coming to Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand by the end of June, as well.

Microsoft is going to need to launch in as many markets as possible; so far, it hasn’t sold enough of the devices where they’re currently available.
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3vi1 replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 12:42 PM

Analysts estimate that Windows RT will only get 1.9% of the tablet market this year, and 2.7% by 2017.

I think their commercials inspired a higher number of people to take dance lessons than to buy Surface.

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RT is so crap. Atom based $500 units will serve much better.

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SmogHog replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 9:56 PM

If they are updated with Haswell CPUs and have owner upgradeable SSD storage I might consider one.

The prices also are too high for a tablet.

The keyboard cover should be included.

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ajm531 replied on Thu, Apr 25 2013 12:46 AM

Well glad to see microsoft trying to spread there product more and more. Its neat idea and can work if the price point is better and the hardware. I have not used rt extensively but it seems more for the person that wants a tablet experience since it cant do certain things a full windows 8 laptop can

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Clixxer replied on Thu, Apr 25 2013 1:25 AM

The improvements to Windows 8.1 will determine I think how well the RT and Surface Pro do. If 8.1 is just as bad as 8 then they might be in trouble but Apple has proven you can sell high priced tablets it is just a matter of how user friendly they are and how well they run. With the launch to the rest of the world, who knows how well they will sell.


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