Microsoft has released information regarding their business-friendly version of the Surface, dubbed the Surface Windows 8 Pro, previously known as simply the Surface Pro. Why the odd name change? Nobody knows, but it’ll be available in the United States and Canada beginning February 9th for $899 & $999 in 64GB & 128GB capacities, respectively. Microsoft didn’t stop there, as a new 64GB Surface RT is available for $599. Even more, three new Touch Cover designs, known as Limited Editions, will be available, priced at $129.99 each. Lastly, Microsoft has launched a Surface-specific version of their Wedge Touch Mouse, which can be had for $69.95. For more information and images, you’ll find the press release embedded below.
Microsoft Grows Surface Family
Announces Surface Windows 8 Pro availability, market expansion and new accessories.
REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 22, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that its Surface family of PCs is growing. Its newest model — Surface Windows 8 Pro — will be available for purchase on Feb. 9, 2013, in the United States and Canada at all Microsoft retail stores,microsoftstore.com, Staples and Best Buy in the U.S., as well as from a number of locations in Canada.
Powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, Surface Windows 8 Pro provides 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.
In addition to being able to buy Surface Windows 8 Pro in the coming weeks, customers will soon be able to purchase Surface Windows RT in 13 additional markets worldwide, more than double the number of markets in which Surface is currently available.
“The response to Surface has been exciting to see,” said Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft Surface. “We’re thrilled to continue growing the Surface family with the availability of Surface Windows 8 Pro on Feb. 9 and by increasing the number of places customers can experience Surface firsthand.”
Additional Surface accessories will also soon be available, allowing customers to further personalize and customize their computing experience and get more done with Surface.
- Surface Windows RT will be available in a new 64GB standalone version for an estimated retail price of US$599 to allow customers the option of selecting a Cover of their choice.
- Three new Touch Cover Limited Editions in red, magenta and cyan will be sold at an estimated retail price of US$129.99.
- Customers will have the option of purchasing a Wedge Touch Mouse, Surface Edition, for an estimated retail price of US$69.95 in all markets in which Surface is currently sold with additional markets to follow in the coming weeks.