Woot! The news many of you have been wanting to hear. MS just confirmed that the Surface RT devices will be available in AUSTRALIA via retail stores. We had confirmation yesterday from HN that they will be stocking them – some sites believe within days, as well as widespread reporting of JB HiFi being another retailer. Full Press Release right here for you to check out, more news as it comes to hand.
We just received word from Microsoft Australia that indeed, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi are the initial (no news on any others) retail partners in AUS for Microsoft’s Surface RT Tablet.“We’re excited to be working with JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman to expand the ways in which Australians can interact with, experience and purchase Surface,” said Nigel O’Rorke, Consumer Channels Group Lead, Microsoft Australia.
REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 11, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to make Microsoft Surface available at additional retailers as soon as mid-December. In addition, the company announced the extension of the Microsoft holiday stores, including the transition of several of the stores into permanent Microsoft retail outlets.
“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 Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft Surface.
As early as mid-December, consumers will be able to go to retail stores in the United States and Australia to purchase a Surface with Windows RT. Additional availability will be added in a number of countries in the coming months.
“Our plan has been to expand the retail presence for Surface after the first of the year. Based on interest from retailers, we are giving them the option to carry Surface with Windows RT even earlier,” said Steve Schueler, corporate vice president, Microsoft Retail Sales and Marketing.
Surface will continue to be available for purchase at all Microsoft retail stores in the United States and Canada and online in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Based on the success of the Microsoft holiday stores, the company will extend all of these locations into the new year. These stores will transition into either permanent brick-and-mortar retail outlets or specialty store locations.
Microsoft stores will continue to offer best-in-class technology and a premium retail experience, allowing customers to interact with Microsoft products that impact the way people live, work and play. All Microsoft stores provide consumers with the same excellent choice, value and service in an engaging way to experience the best of Microsoft products.
Starting at US$499, Surface combines the functionality of a laptop with the portability of a tablet. From the fun and unique touch cover that provides a super-thin, spill-resistant keyboard in a variety of vibrant colors to the integrated kickstand that enables hands-free entertainment, Surface stands out while delivering value and performance like nothing else on the market. With Windows apps, SkyDrive cloud connectivity, HD video, Xbox Music, games, a full-size USB port, a microSD card slot and the productivity of Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Surface with Windows RT brings work and play together in style.”
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Update II – Harvey Norman are moving quickly. Most stores will have the Surface RT Tablets in stock this Friday the 14th December – and preorders are now up on their website. Great stuff! If you head into a store this weekend to check them out, make sure your report back and let us know what you think (or how many you purchased!)