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January 23, 2013

Microsoft Launching Surface Windows 8 Pro

Microsoft is adding to the Surface family.

The company announced Jan. 22 its newest model — Surface Windows 8 Pro — will be available for purchase Feb. 9 in the U.S. and Canada.

Starting at $899 for the 64GB model, Surface Pro runs on an Intel Core i5 processor and can run Windows 8 applications, as well as current Windows 7 desktop applications. It will also come in a 128GB model.

Another new feature is the Surface Pen.

“Surface Pen is included and makes for an amazing experience for writers, graphic designers or even engineers, and with Palm Block technology writing and drawing is fun for everyone on Surface Windows 8 Pro,” said Microsoft Surface general manager Panos Panay in a blog post.

“Surface Windows 8 Pro is an exciting new addition to the Surface family, bringing a powerful, work-ready device that is just as at home in the boardroom as it is the family room. Whether you’re a road warrior, a student or someone who just wants a flexible and powerful Intel PC, the Surface Windows 8 Pro will deliver. It’s the perfect complement to the Surface Windows RT and delivers hours and hours of entertainment with plenty of power and productivity to get your work done as well.”

The Surface Windows 8 Pro can be purchased through all Microsoft retail stores, and at Staples and Best Buy in the U.S. as well as from a number of locations in Canada.

Customers will also soon be able to buy Surface Windows RT in 13 additional markets globally — more than double the number of markets in which Surface is currently available.

“The response to Surface has been exciting to see,” Panay said. “We’re thrilled to continue growing the Surface family with the availability of Surface Windows 8 Pro on Feb. 9 and by increasing the number of places customers can experience Surface firsthand.”

Additional Surface accessories will also soon be available:

• Surface Windows RT will be available in a new 64GB standalone version for an estimated retail price of $599 to allow customers the option of selecting a cover of their choice.

• Three new Touch Cover Limited Editions in red, magenta and cyan will be sold at an estimated retail price of $129.99.

• Customers will have the option of purchasing a Wedge Touch Mouse, Surface Edition, for an estimated retail price of $69.95 in all markets in which Surface is currently sold with additional markets to follow in the coming weeks.