Expanding Surface Pro and Surface RT Availability

Expanding Surface Pro and Surface RT Availability

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At the end of February, we announced that we were broadening the availability of the Surface family. Since then, we’ve gotten a lot of feedback that people want us to expand availability further and faster.

We know it took us a while to get back to you, but we hear you, and are excited to be able to provide an update on the countries where Surface RT and Surface Pro will be launching in May and June. Additional details on launch events, retail availability, and pricing will be provided in future posts to this blog and via twitter at @Surface ahead of actual launch dates.

Surface RT will launch in Malaysia on April 25th, in Mexico by the end of May and in Korea and Thailand in June.This expansion will result in Surface RT being available in 29 markets. For those that are counting, it’s already available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Surface Pro will launch before the end of May in 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. Surface Pro will launch in Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand before the end of June.Surface Pro is currently available in the U.S., Canada, and China.

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Moments before the Surface Pro launch in China on April 2nd

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The Surface Pro launch in China

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Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President Microsoft Surface on stage at the Surface Pro launch in China

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Hands on with the Surface Pro at the launch event in China

The enthusiasm for Surface has been fantastic, and we love hearing the stories of people who are making it the one device they use to work and play. This is what Surface was designed to do – simplify your life while letting you do more! In fact, one of our biggest challenges has been keeping our 128GB Surface Pro in stock. We’ve worked hard to increase availability, and most retail partners in the U.S. and Canada as well as the Microsoft Store now have the 128 GB product consistently in stock.

To those of you who have pressed for information – please understand that before making these announcements we make sure that we have the volume of devices in place and alignment with our retail partners to do each launch well. We value every Surface customer. We’re passionate about the products we’ve built, and we appreciate your passion for getting Surface in your market.

Looking forward to sharing Surface with more folks around the world.

Brian Hall
General Manager – Microsoft Surface

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  • JM VIDAL
    1 Posts

    Little bit dissapointed with Surface RT performance, far from expected,  is there any chance to upgrade it to Surface Pro???..pleeease!!. Thanks

  • gennaro123
    1 Posts

    Salve,

    volevo sapere se è previsto uno slot 3G a breve in surface pro.

    Grazie.

  • ilanshin
    2 Posts

    That's it for me. I broke down. After waiting for months, instead of purchasing two Surface (pro for me and rt for my child) , I buy Asus Transformer Book TX300CA-C4006H . and smsung ativ smart pc pro 700T.

    going to try them Before booking for the business as well.

    i think It's been almost seven months since launch. too much.

    Thank you and goodbye!

  • Stefan
    1 Posts

    I'm reading on the Verge that the Surface Pro will cost £799 for the 128 GB model: www.theverge.com/.../surface-pro-uk-release-date-pricing-availability

    I'm sorry to say, that this is a bad move, because not only is it expensive, its 1/2 year too late! Set the Surface Pro down to £600 and I'll buy 2 of them, but if you really are going to sell them at £799, then I'll buy zero.

    You can't be serious, that you are trying to sell "old" hardware that expensive.. come on, I really like the Surface Pro, and I'd love to have one for me and my wife.. and maybe 1 RT for the kids to play around with, but I'd rather wait for the next generation, and hopefully a global lunch the next time around?

    Microsoft, what are you trying to accomplish, do you want to win the heart and minds of the general public? I hope you are reading this, I'm a very big fan of the Surface, and I could talk my friends into buying them too, but not when this is how you are going to sell them...

    stownend
    1 Posts

    Not sure what you were expecting; if you look at the prices of the Surface RT on both the USA and UK Microsoft stores and work out a conversion factor then apply that to the price of a Surface Pro in the USA then you get exactly the numbers quoted on the Verge. To be honest I heaved a sigh of relief when I read the Verge article as that is what I expected so am glad we won't be getting ripped off. Of course I wish it cost less at launch in the USA but hey-ho it looks like a great device and I cannot wait to get my hands on one.  

    Ye £799 is a brilliant price i expected it to be £100 more. 64gb Macbook airs are the same spec and start at £849.

  • badmouse
    11 Posts

    Australian release date here

    blogs.msdn.com/.../surface-pro-hits-australian-shores-on-may-30.aspx

    badmouse
    11 Posts

    yes Microsoft, don't just deny or delay your answers to our questions but when you do have answers, put it on a different blog site.  really impressed on your organisation MS.

  • Gavin
    3 Posts

    see my other comment in the previous thread.  *sigh*

  • mryan
    4 Posts

    I wonder if the supply of 128GB Surface pro units will be akin to the quantity of responses to comments from MS.

  • And I've just found a first French store that has it "in stock" for €879 or €979 depending on the HDD:

    www [dot] darty [dot] com/nav/achat/informatique/portables/tablette/microsoft_surface_pro_128go.html

  • Amazingly, the French website for the Surface indeed displays "Disponible dès vendredi", which translates to "Available starting Friday". Wow, oh wow. About time...

  • cprimrose
    3 Posts

    Yes, I assumed "end of May" meant we will have Surface pro's in our hands before the 31st of May. However I just cannot see this happening as there is still no announcement about actual release date, where we will be able to buy it and how much it's going to cost. End of may is fast approaching........

    I went into a PC world on Monday who sell the RT and they told me that they will not be selling the pro (in store or online). Last weekend I asked the staff in John Lewis and they also knew nothing about when/if they will be getting the surface pro.

    Mohsan
    3 Posts

    I visited a Currys/PC world and they said they had received a surface pro to try and test out for themselves and expect it to come soon and will sell in store and online. This guy was a manager

  • Did everybody else suspect that "Before the end of May" would mean the last week of May? >.<

  • Mohsan
    34 Posts

    I bet Surface Blog thinks it has done a huge favour on us by giving us a rough time for the Pro to available in Europe. However i would just like to say that is the very least they did by just announcing a rough time "end of may". End of may can mean 31st may or even 20th may or even today or tomorrow. Who knows! Microsoft has once again played its dirty tricks. I mean if you have "alignment" with retailers surely surely surely you must have discussed price. Fundamentally you must have discussed price Surely. So by not giving us a price (£) which is the very least they can do now, they are just messing about.

    djrankin
    34 Posts

    They have discussed a price with Australian distributors and it has leaked, but they still have no release date. I can talk to the guys in the retail stores and they have it registered on the inventory data base but no idea when they will be delivered or when I should return to but one. Why not alow pre ordering, they have no idea of demand and I think they like it that way, I assume MS is going to distribute a small token number of Pro's mostly 64 gig versions that they have a backlog of unsold units shipped out  from US retailers and then run a marketing campaign about how they sold out on day one....agian (they have the press release already drafted an sitting there waiting to be sent to the media in time to make the evening news I bet). I'm just not sure they want to put devices into peoples hands so much as generate hype. Just let me pre order one please, if I show up at the local distributor on release day to find it sold out or they only had two 64 gig units supplied I will buy another brand of ultrabook  on the spot so I can just quit waiting for these things.

    Mohsan
    34 Posts

    I will buy the Sony Duo 11 convertible if Microsoft has another supply scandal

  • danalos
    1 Posts

    I heard some people say that the Surface Pro is not able to play games. I realize the Pro isn't a gaming machine but I've read that it can play some older and less graphic intensive games. I came across a video at www.squidoo.com/microsoft-surface-pro-review2 that explained the Pro's gaming ability, so it seems you can play some games on it.

  • mryan
    4 Posts

    Thanks for the post Brian, yet another woolly 'update' - what do you mean by 'launch' and what do you mean by 'end of May'?

    It's mid May now and I can't even pre-order. If Surface pro will launch at the end of May when will I be able to actually own one?

    I need to assess if it will be feasible to transfer all my mobile users to surface - all the sales material looks great, but in the UK we've been waiting for too long with no real information. Please answer:

    1. Which EXACT date will you announce UK pricing?

    2. Which EXACT date will it be possible to pre order?

    3. Which EXACT date will Surface Pro be shipping in the UK?

    I'm already losing patience and looking at other windows 8 tablets coming to market and I doubt I am the only one. Information provision outside the US has been unacceptably poor.

  • quentinj
    2 Posts

    Just saw the ad for pro on French tv, out Friday! Hopefully this means it'll be the case for the rest of Europe!