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Microsoft announces new markets for Surface RT and Surface Pro

Updated Feb 28th, 2013 7:46PM EST
Microsoft Surface Availability

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Microsoft (MSFT) on Thursday announced that it will be expanding the availability of its Surface RT tablet to six new markets in the coming weeks. The company’s Windows RT-powered slate will be shipping to Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan beginning in late March. Microsoft also promised to bring the Windows 8-powered Surface 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 of Microsoft’s Surface division. “Surface is the best of a tablet and a PC.”

The company’s Surface tablets have seen little success and sales of the Windows RT model are said to have reached no higher than 750,000 units in the fourth quarter last year. BGR reviewed the Surface Pro earlier this month and while we found the device to be far superior to the Surface RT, it did have some drawbacks that prevented it from being a truly great hybrid device.

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