Microsoft to sell Surface at retail stores soon
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Microsoft said on Tuesday it would make its Surface tablet computer available to outside sellers as soon as mid-December, citing interest from retailers as well as consumers.
"The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see. We've increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface," said Surface general manager Panos Panay, without providing any specific sales figures.
A Microsoft statement said retail stores in the United States (US) and Australia would be the first to sell the introductory Surface model with Windows RT, which has many features of a tablet along with an attachable cover-keyboard.
Retail availability in other countries will be announced in the coming months, said Microsoft, which began selling the Surface through its website, its "pop-up" holiday stores and permanent branded stores.