Microsoft is gearing up to launch its exotic Surface with Windows 8 Pro in a couple of days, and the company has already made clear that for this first phase, the tablet is going to be available only in the United States and Canada.
This exclusivity aside, the only thing Redmond has confirmed up till now is the minor detail that new markets for the device are set to be announced at a later date.
Seemingly, this mum attitude is irking the Old Continent —users and retailers in the United Kingdom in particular are frustrated by this secrecy. A local distributor talking to ITPro had this to say:
“We’ve received no further marketing materials, pricing or anything, which is strange considering how much they were pushing it to us at the start of the year.”
Another retailer added that unless some more concrete information comes from Redmond in the near future, customers are very likely to turn their attention to other tablets running Windows 8, instead of Surface Pro:
“We’re getting a lot of questions about it from customers but we are having to tell them the same thing we were a couple of months ago, and it’s getting to a point where customers are getting tired of asking and us telling them we don’t know anything.”
Sure, Redmond, for now, is completely focused on the vital and important launch, but one thing is certain that Microsoft will be looking to expand the availability of its tablet in other markets beside North America very soon.
Specifically in the countries and markets where Surface RT has already launched, are very likely to get the Pro in the coming months, if not weeks.
Surface RT is already available in the United Kingdom, not only from Microsoft’s official website, but also at John Lewis. But I can totally see how this silence from Microsoft nags people looking to buy the company’s tablets in these countries.
Even on this blog here, we have had several readers inquire about the launch date of Surface Pro. Here’s hoping we hear some good news from Redmond soon.
In the meantime, do let us know what you feel if you are outside North America and looking to grab a Surface Pro. The comments section below is always open for business, 24 by 7.