Microsoft to Sell Surface RT Tablet TMicrosoft is poised to begin making its own Surface RT devices -- the ARM-based pablets/TCs running the Windows RT operating system -- available through channels beyond Microsoft's own brick-and-mortar and online stores. And this is supposedly happening sooner rather than later.
se one of the rollout will happen in markets where there are no Microsoft brick-and-mortar stores, meaning everywhere but the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. In select countries (no word right now as to which ones), Microsoft plans to alow retail chains to sell the Surface RT devices. Thurrott said this is going to happen "within days."
(It's worth noting there is one non-Microsoft retailer already selling Surfaces directly. That is Suning in China.)
Phase two of the rollout is slated for January 2013, when Microsoft is going to expand distribution of its Surface RT and its Surface Pro devices (the ones based on Intel's Core i5 and running Windows 8) to include major retailers, including Best Buy and Staples, according to Thurrott's sources. The Surface Pros are slated to be available starting in January 2013.
Microsoft intentionally limited initial distribution of its Surfaces supposedly so as not to hurt its PC- and tablet-making partners. (I'd think component/parts availability and time needed to ramp up manufacturing and distribution probably played into this decision, too.)
When the Redmondians first shared publicly its Surface plans in June 2012, officials stated that "both (Surface tablets) will be sold in the Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and available through select online Microsoft Stores." Officials declined to comment on when and whether Microsoft planned to broaden distribution of its Surfaces. I've asked again today to see if the Softies will change their no comment on this and will add anything I get back to this post.
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