Surface Pro to hit 24 more countries, RT to reach four more
Microsoft is increasing the number of countries where customers can buy the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets. The Surface Pro will be available in 24 more countries, while the Surface RT will be launching in Malaysia on April 25th, in Mexico by the end of may, and in Korea and Thailand in June. The expansion will see the Surface RT be available in 29 countries, and the Surface Pro in 27 in total.
Surface RT gets new performance patch
Microsoft is pushing a new round of updates for the Surface RT, this time to fix a Wi-Fi issue along with additional stability and performance enhancements. It is the latest in what have become monthly performance and stability updates Microsoft has issued for the Surface RT since its launch nearly four months ago. In our quick hands-on with the update, it has fixed our issue with Wi-Fi showing ‘Limited’ connectivity and seems to have also delivered a decent performance boost.
Microsoft limits initial run of Surface Pro to just 1 million
Microsoft has ordered only 1 million units of its Surface Pro for its launch on February 9, according to Digitimes. Upstream supply chain sources say that initial orders for the Intel-powered version of the Surface are well down on the initial orders Microsoft placed for the ARM-based Surface RT when it launched. The news coincides with analysis from IHS iSuppli supplied to CNET showing that Microsoft may have only sold as many as 750,000 Surface RT tablets for the last quarter.
Microsoft Outlook for Windows RT in development, may not see release
Microsoft is testing a native Outlook email client for Windows RT, reports CNET. Currently, Windows RT devices like Microsoft’s own Surface RT ship with a free version of Office that includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. However, Microsoft opted to launch the Surface RT without a functional email client in the desktop UI, reserving it for the Start screen UI only.
Staples to start carrying Surface on December 12
Following earlier reports that Microsoft's Surface was bound for more outlets, Staples, the world's largest office products company, announced that it would begin carrying the Surface RT at all of its locations and in its online store as early as December 12. The move comes as Microsoft is looking to expand the availability of its Windows RT tablet, even as conflicting reports have it cast as a flop or a solid performer. The Redmond software giant has announced that it will be increasing production of the Surface RT and putting the device into more traditional retailers to get it closer to consumers by the middle of this month.