Microsoft Surface Pro will be released on February 9. Surface RT arriving in 13 new countries soon
The Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro (or Surface Windows 8 Pro, or Surface Pro, or whatever else Microsoft decides to call it in the future) will become available in the US and Canada on January 9.
So the Redmond company wasn’t able to make its self-imposed deadline of ’90 days after the Surface RT’. On the plus side, it didn’t miss it by much. This finally puts all the rumors on the matter to rest, as we now know for a fact that this launch won’t take place on January 26. Or January 29. Or January 30.
As announced in November, the Surface Pro will start at $899. That amount of dough will net you a 64 GB unit sans any kind of cover. For $100 more, you can double that storage space – just keep in mind that Windows 8 itself will be occupying a good chunk of that space. All versions come with the Surface Pen stylus included. But if you want the Touch Cover or the Type Cover, you’ll need to pony up $120 or $130 more respectively.
The Surface Pro will be purchasable in the US from Microsoft stores, the Microsoft online store, Staples, and Best Buy.
But wait, there’s more! The Surface with Windows RT will ‘soon’ be available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland too. These 13 new countries represent more than double the markets in which that tablet is currently out, so Microsoft undoubtedly hopes that the widened distribution will help it move past its sales woes with the Surface RT.
And since there’s no word yet on when or if the Surface Pro will make it to these 13 countries, expect the Surface RT to be ‘alone’ on those markets for a while at least – perhaps enough to make it sell before the Pro version comes along as a competitor.
Microsoft also announced that the Surface RT will be sold in a standalone 64 GB version for $599. Up until now, the only way for you to get the Surface RT with 64 GB of storage was bundled with the black Touch Cover for $699. This makes little sense, so it’s good to see some flexibility from Microsoft on the matter – better late than never, as they say.
Additionally, three limited edition Surface Touch Covers will be released in red, magenta, and cyan, and you’ll need to pay $129.99 to get either one. Expect them to come ‘soon’.