Microsoft's Surface Pro to ship in 24 more countries - including NZ

Microsoft says Surface Pro tablet will be available in New Zealand from next month

Microsoft has announced it will make the Surface Pro tablet available in more than 24 countries - including New Zealand - over May and June, and also expand availability of its Surface RT tablet.

The Surface Pro tablet, which has Windows 8 and runs on an Intel Core i5 processor, was only available in the US, Canada and China after it initially shipped in February. The expanded availability could boost shipments of Surface tablets, which have so far sold below expectations, according to analysts.

Starting in May, the Surface Pro will become available in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, U.K., Ireland, Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. The tablet will become available in South Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand before the end of June, Microsoft said in a blog entry published on Tuesday.

In the US, a Surface Pro with 64GB storage is priced at US$899, while a 128GB model is $999.

The Surface RT tablet, which has Windows RT and runs on an ARM processor, will become available on in Mexico on April 25, and in South Korea next month. It will become available in Thailand by the end of June, Microsoft said.

The RT tablet is already available in 26 countries.

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