Microsoft announced today that the Windows 8-based Surface Pro tablet would ship in numerous European countries this month, with the first country getting the device starting tomorrow. Additionally, Microsoft revealed a special deal for new Surface RT customers in Europe.
“As we recently announced, we are expanding the number of markets where Surface Pro and Surface RT will be available,” Microsoft general manager Brian Hall writes in a post to the Surface Blog. “We’re excited for more people to be able to get Surface.”
While not all of the countries getting Surface have dates yet, the following launch days are now available:
May 17 – France
May 23 - The United Kingdom
May 30 - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland
31 May – Germany
Microsoft is also offering new Surface RT customers in certain European countries a free Type or Touch Cover (black, white or cyan) if they purchase the device before July 1. The offer is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.