Microsoft has released new details about their new tablet PC, Microsoft Surface, which will feature the new Windows RT operating system. Starting today, is offering a limited quantity pre-order.

Microsoft Surface will be available in three different packages: a 32GB without the Touch Cover for $499, a 32GB with the Touch Cover for $599, and a 64GB with the Touch Cover for $699. The Touch Covers will come in black, white, and cyan, and will be priced at $119.99 when sold separately. Also available is the black Type Cover for $129.99; this adds moving keys for those who crave tactile feedback.

Microsoft Surface will be available for purchase on October 26 at all Microsoft store locations in the US and Canada, as well as online retailers in Australia, China, France, Germany, and Hong Kong, as well as the US and Canada. That pricing is a far cry from the earlier rumors of a $199 launch for the Surface, don’t you think?

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Microsoft Announces New Surface Details

Ahead of Oct. 26 launch, Microsoft outlines pricing, market availability and special limited quantity pre-order.


REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 16, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today released new details about its highly anticipated Microsoft Surface, a tablet PC designed to be the ultimate stage for Windows. In addition to pricing and market availability, the company announced a special limited-quantity pre-order for Surface with Windows RT available 9 a.m. PDT. Those who want to learn more or pre-order can visit

Surface delivers the power of amazing software and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience. Originally unveiled in June, Surface with Windows RT will initially be available in three SKUs: a 32GB version priced at $519.00 CAD, a 32GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at $619.00 CAD, and a 64GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at $719.00 CAD.

A variety of accessories will also be available, including Touch Covers in three vibrant colors — black, white, and cyan — priced at $129.99 CAD so customers can express their personal style1. Customers will also have the option to purchase a Type Cover in black for $139.99 CAD, which adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.

Surface will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 26, 2012, at all Microsoft Store locations in the United States and Canada, including in all 34 new holiday stores. In addition, Surface will be available for sale online in eight markets across the world: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. See for more details.

Additional Product Information — Surface With Windows RT



  • ·         Surface with Windows RT comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview2 (which includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote)



  • ·         10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches, 1.5 pounds, VaporMg casing, dark titanium color, volume and power buttons



  • ·         32 GB3; 64 GB



  • ·         NVIDIA T30, 2 GB of RAM



  • ·         Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology



  • ·         Two 720p HD cameras, front- and rear-facing



  • ·         Two microphones, stereo speakers



  • ·         Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card slot, headset jack, HD video out port, cover port



  • ·         Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass


Power Supply

  • ·         24W power supply



  • ·         One-year limited hardware warranty


Apps (included)

  • ·         Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview2 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote), Windows Mail and Windows Messaging, SkyDrive, Windows Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Xbox Games


Those interested in learning more or pre-ordering can visit or follow Surface on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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1 Available Touch Cover colors may vary by market.

2 Final Office version will be installed via Windows Update when available (free download, ISP fees apply). Some features and programs unsupported. See

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