The Microsoft Surface Pro went up for sale in February, but since then this Windows 8 tablet has been available in just a handful of countries. That’s going to change soon.
More than two months after its debut, only those in the U.S., Canada, and China are able to purchase this computer. Microsoft has never explained why.
Still the company now says it’s close to greatly broadening the number of countries where the tablet is available, including big swaths of Europe and Asia-Pacific.
According to Microsoft’s timetable, the 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.
It is scheduled to debut in Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand before the end of June.
Microsoft Surface Pro Overview
This computer has a 10.6-inch screen, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It includes a full-size USB 3.0 port, plus a Mini DisplayPort that can drive an external display up to 2560 x 1440 pixels.
This tablet is built around an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM. Because it uses Windows 8 Pro, it is able to run software written for Windows 7 and earlier, in addition to apps written specifically for this new Microsoft operating system.
The device comes with a stylus dubbed “the Surface pen”, which has Palm Block technology. A Touch Cover or Type Cover is sold separately.
To learn more, be sure to read our Microsoft Surface Pro Review.