Microsoft has promised to deliver its Surface Pro tablet to the UK and Ireland by the end of next month.
The company said that it was working to deliver the high-end tablet to retailers in both countries as part of a planned expansion that also includes releases in France, Germany, Italy and Spain as well as a number of other European countries in May.
Also set to get the tablet by late May are users in New Zealand and Australia, Hong Kong and Russia.
Released earlier this year in the US, Canada and China, the Surface Pro is the high-end companion to the Surface RT tablet. Built to function as a business PC, the Pro sports an Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB of storage and USB 3.0 connectivity as well as full support for Windows 8 and Office.
"The enthusiasm for Surface has been fantastic, and we love hearing the stories of people who are making it the one device they use to work and play," Microsoft Surface general manager Brian Hall said in a blog post announcing the release date.
"This is what Surface was designed to do – simplify your life while letting you do more."
In addition to the Surface Pro release, the company said that it will be expanding Surface RT availability to 29 countries over the coming months. The schedule includes a 25 April release for Malaysia, a May rollout in Mexico and plans for release in Korea and Thailand by the end of June.
Despite a tepid reception which brought criticism to Microsoft for its release strategy, the Surface has brought favourable reviews and suggestions that the company is winning back the hearts and minds of younger consumers.
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