When Microsoft launched the Surface Pro in China earlier this month, it also unexpectedly launched a third version of its PC hardware product. It had the same hardware as the Surface Pro, but was locked in the Chinese language and came with a free version of Office 2013 Home and Student.
WPDang got a chance to chat with Microsoft's Surface team leader Panos Panay as part of the launch, and in an interview posted earlier this month, Panay said that there was a demand for the special "Surface Chinese" SKU and hinted that the company could offer up other special versions of the Surface in other countries, but only if there is a strong demand for such a product.
We suspect that many people who would like to buy the Surface Pro in the U.S. would also appreciate a free version of Office 2013 Home and Student as part of its software bundle, similar to what Microsoft offers for the Surface RT tablet.
The same article also showed off a newly revealed early prototype for the Surface Touch Cover that had a velvet-like material. That version was abandoned due to the cover collecting both dust and sweat from its users over time. Microsoft decided to go with the final version of the Touch Cover that allows for washing the top keyboard portion with a damp cloth but with a matte finish on the back.