Microsoft expands Surface sales to more business and education markets

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.

Microsoft added:

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.

Source: Microsoft

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I wonder if Microsoft would have made the Surface available in more markets sooner had they known that OEMs would fail so badly with their early W8 devices. Some of those countries should of been able to buy a Surface a long time ago. It's not as if MS didn't have a pile of them lying around...

Figure 8 Dash said,
I wonder if Microsoft would have made the Surface available in more markets sooner had they known that OEMs would fail so badly with their early W8 devices. Some of those countries should of been able to buy a Surface a long time ago. It's not as if MS didn't have a pile of them lying around...

They do have to play the OEM tight rope, but if OEMs want to not do RT then I see no reason MS should have to hold back the Surface RT 2 next time around. Maybe they'll delay the Pro 2 a bit to keep the OEMs happy instead, like they did with the original.

I really don't know what Microsoft will do with Surface RT (1st gen) stocks, maybe this will become an entry level to Surface along with Surface 2 RT as an high end ?

PS : really sorry if my writing is not correct, I'm doing my best

Maxime Tremblay said,
I really don't know what Microsoft will do with Surface RT (1st gen) stocks, maybe this will become an entry level to Surface along with Surface 2 RT as an high end ?

PS : really sorry if my writing is not correct, I'm doing my best

The RT v2 will just replace the original RT Surface, and I bet it'll be at the new lower price point as well, but this time with better specs it'll have better value.