Microsoft Surface still unconfirmed for SA

It still isn’t clear when, or even if, Microsoft will launch its Surface tablet PC in South Africa

By - February 2, 2013
Surface Pro

Microsoft South Africa recently told MyBroadband that it is still unable to confirm whether the Microsoft Surface tablet PC would launch in SA.

News emerged last week that the Surface with Windows 8 Pro would launch in the US and Canada on 9 February 2013.

This is in-line with previous reports that the Intel-based Surface Pro was expected to launch 90 days after the ARM-based Surface RT became available on 26 October 2012.

Along with the announcement of the Surface Pro’s launch, Microsoft also revealed that the Surface RT would be available in more countries, but South Africa was not mentioned among the 13 territories.

Although Microsoft SA said that they do not have further updates with regard to the availability of the Surface in South Africa, they added that they are excited about the devices that are available locally.

Microsoft Surface with kickstand deployed and touch cover attached

Microsoft Surface with kickstand deployed and touch cover attached

Some of the Windows RT devices Microsoft mentioned are available in South Africa include:

  • Samsung ATIV
  • Asus Vivo 600

Microsoft also mentioned some examples of slate PCs running Windows 8 Pro:

  • Samsung Ativ range;
  • HP Elite range; and
  • Fujitsu Transformer.

More Windows 8 and Surface news

Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet pricing and launch date

Windows 8 sales top 60 million

Cool tablets that didn’t launch in SA during 2012

Windows 8 versions and SA pricing explained

Windows Store in SA

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