In July, Microsoft announced it was now allowing a number of authorized distributors in the U.S. to sell its Surface tablets, which would allow large businesses along with education and government customers to buy the hardware in bulk orders. Today, Microsoft announced an expansion of this effort in 17 more countries around the world.
In a post on the official Surface blog, Microsoft said that the countries that can now buy Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets via distributors including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.
In addition to offering Microsoft’s extended warranty and accidental damage, resellers bring a variety of additional value-added services to the Surface family, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection.
The blog said that Microsoft is still committee to expanding Surface business sales in all of the countries where the tablet is sold to consumers. It also said the upcoming Windows 8.1 upgrade for Surface RT, which will include the full Outlook 2013 RT client, is shaping up to be a big milestone for its enterprise customers as well.