Microsoft: Surface Pro headed to UK, Australia, Europe and more next month

We still don't know for sure just how popular Microsoft's Surface tablets are, since the company has remained frustratingly tight-lipped on the subject of sales figures. The broad consensus on estimates is that around 1.5m of the devices have been sold so far, although the relatively narrow range of markets in which they have been made available until now hasn't exactly helped matters. 

While the Surface RT model has been launched in 25 markets around the world so far, the Windows 8 Pro version has so far only been released in the United States, Canada and China. For those wanting to get their greasy paws on the Surface Pro, Microsoft has today confirmed details of plans to aggressively expand availability internationally.

Before the end of May, Surface Pro will launch in the following markets: 

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • New Zealand
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

By the end of June, Microsoft will also make the Surface Pro available in:

  • Malaysia
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand

There's good news for those wanting to grab a Surface RT too. On April 25, it will launch in Malaysia, with Mexico being added by the end of May, and South Korea and Thailand by the end of June.

As part of its announcement, Microsoft revealed that "one of our biggest challenges has been keeping our 128GB Surface Pro in stock", hinting at strong demand for the product - although the company again stopped short of revealing any numbers on sales. 

Source: Microsoft Surface Blog | Image via Microsoft

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I tested a Surface RT at Harvey Norman while waiting for the Pro to come to Australia. I was so hyped up for the pro to come here.

After using the RT I was left so saddened by the device, it was really disappointing. It's tiny, that was something that surprised me a little. The touch keyboard was very unresponsive and only usable if you pounded the keys. It just didn't feel like it was worth the cost.

I'm no longer interested in buying a Pro, so I'm sticking with my old iPad 2 until a Surface becomes worth while buying.

Too late. I would definitely have bought one had it actually come to Australia when I expected it around Jan-Feb. Now I just can't justify buying it with Haswell right around the corner. Not to mention the fact that they still haven't fixed wintab/photoshop drivers for the stylus.

I still hope a Surface 2 hits the market. I'd buy it if it was this + better battery life. LTE would be nice too.

I don't know anyone who will want this. It's not suppose to be sarcastic either, I really don't know who would want one.

@ humanz: I don't have need for a Android or iOS tablet, but will not comment on that either...

Different needs, different tablets. Be glad there's a ton of choice nowadays ;-)

Microsoft is FAMOUS for being late to market. Look how long it took them to realize the significance of the internet! Or mobile phones...or search...the list goes on...

Yes, but more to often MS is late to markets outside the US.
Their blatant disregard for the rest of the world is hurting them more then the competition is.

Shadowzz said,
Yes, but more to often MS is late to markets outside the US.
Their blatant disregard for the rest of the world is hurting them more then the competition is.


Every single Microsoft announcement seems to announce "US Only" availability, and then the rest of the world gets it several months/years later. By that time, the market is full of alternatives and Microsoft are late to the game again.

The likes of Apple are able to launch a device/service in most major worldwide markets within the course of a few days. I really don't see why Microsoft can't do the same.

techbeck said,
Good deal. Dont see why more countries were not included in the initial release.

I'm guessing they just didn't make enough to do a global launch.