Microsoft announced that it will expand the availability of Surface Windows RT to 13 additional markets in Europe including Ireland, more than doubling the number of markets in which Surface is currently available. Surface Windows RT can be purchased from 14th February in the Microsoft Store online and will be available through retail outlets in Ireland in the coming weeks.
“The response to Surface has been very exciting,” said Patrick Ward, Windows Business Group Lead, “We’re delighted that customers will soon be able to purchase and experience Surface Windows RT here in Ireland.”
Surface Windows RT will be available in 32 GB and 64GB versions bundled with a black Touch Cover for an estimated retail price of Euro 579.00 for 32 GB and Euro 679.00 for 64 GB, or as a standalone for an estimated retail price of Euro 479.00 for 32GB and Euro 579.00 for 64 GB. This enables customers to purchase a Touch Cover separately.
Surface Windows RT combines the portability of a tablet with many of the functionalities of a laptop. From the Touch Cover that provides a super-thin, spill-resistant keyboard in a variety of colours, to the integrated kickstand that enables hands-free entertainment, Surface stands out while delivering value and performance like nothing else on the market. With Windows apps, SkyDrive cloud connectivity, HD video, Xbox Music, games, a full-size USB port, a micro SD card slot and the productivity of Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Surface with Windows RT brings work and play together in style.
As an additional accessory, customers will have the option of purchasing a Wedge Touch Mouse Surface edition. This Wedge Touch Mouse will be available in all markets in which Surface is currently sold and will be coming soon to the 13 European markets in which Surface Windows RT will launch.
In addition to the market expansion, Microsoft is growing the Surface family of PCs. Its newest model — Surface Windows 8 Pro — will be available for purchase on Feb. 9, 2013, in the United States and Canada. Powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, Surface Windows 8 Proprovides the power and performance of a laptop in a tablet package. Perfect as your one device – at home, in the office, or on the road - it can run Windows 8 applications, as well as current Windows 7 desktop applications. Starting at an estimated retail price of US$899, Surface Windows 8 Pro will be available in 64GB and 128GB models. A Surface pen with Palm Block technology, designed specifically to work with Surface to let customers edit, collaborate and get things done, is included with Surface Windows 8 Pro.