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Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday officially revealed plans to make Microsoft Surface available at additional retailers as soon as mid-December. In addition, the company announced the extension of the Microsoft holiday stores, including the transition of several of the stores into permanent Microsoft retail outlets.

“The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see. We have increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface,” said Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft Surface.

As early as mid-December, consumers will be able to go to retail stores in the United States and Australia to purchase a Surface with Windows RT. Additional availability will be added in a number of countries in the coming months.

“Our plan has been to expand the retail presence for Surface after the first of the year. Based on interest from retailers, we are giving them the option to carry Surface with Windows RT even earlier,” said Steve Schueler, corporate vice president, Microsoft retail sales and marketing.

Surface will continue to be available for purchase at all Microsoft retail stores in the United States and Canada and online in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Based on the success of the Microsoft holiday stores, the company will extend all of these locations into the new year. These stores will transition into either permanent brick-and-mortar retail outlets or specialty store locations.

Microsoft Surface based on Windows RT operating system starts at $499.

Tags: Microsoft, Surface, Windows 8, Windows RT

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Latest comment: 12/12/12 09:41:27 AM

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MS failed when they used Tegra instead of Qualcomm. Nobody wants a slow ass Tegra and the person who made that decision should be fired, oh wait.. It already happened.

When the Tegra Surface is purchased from MS, People use it and find out how sluggish it is, then put it up for sale on eBay literally after a day or two LOL
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Too bad Qualcomm was rejected by MSFT and couldn't make it in the first run because they didn't have DX11 drivers. They had to take out an emergency license from Imagination in order to be approved for inclusion in 2013. Doesn't sound like they are on top of things does it? Get your facts right before you make a fool of yourself next time.
0 0 [Posted by: chitown  | Date: 12/12/12 09:41:27 AM]
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