Microsoft Announces New Surface Details

SYDNEY, Australia — Oct. 17, 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 3 a.m. AEDT. 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 AUD $559.00, a 32GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at AUD $679.00, and a 64GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at AUD $789.00. Prices are GST inclusive.
A variety of accessories will also be available, including Touch Covers in five vibrant colours — black, white, magenta, cyan and red — priced at AUD $139.99 so customers can express their personal style1. Customers will also have the option to purchase a Type Cover in black for AUD $149.99, which adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.

Surface will be available for purchase beginning October 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

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

Exterior: 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches, 1.5 pounds, VaporMg casing, dark titanium colour, volume and power buttons
CPU: 32 GB3; 64 GB

Wireless: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology

Cameras: Two 720p HD cameras, front- and rear-facing

Audio: Two microphones, stereo speakers

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

Sensors: Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass

Power Supply: 24W power supply

Warranty: 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 colours 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
3 1 GB = 1 billion bytes; formatted storage capacity may be less.

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