Microsoft Surface 2 tablet to be available in Asian retail markets from March 14

Microsoft Surface 2 tablet to be available in Asian retail markets from March 14In a Saturday announcement, Microsoft revealed that it is expanding the global availability of its Surface 2 tablet this month. As a result of the move, the tablet will soon be launched in some retail markets in Asia.

According to the announcement, Microsoft will start shipping Surface 2 tablet through leading retailers in Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand from March 14, 2014. The cost of the Surface 2 tablet in Taiwan will be NT$13,888 (US$458) for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, and NT$16,888 for the 64GB model.

In connection with its forthcoming move to expand the international availability of September 2013-released Surface 2 tablet, Microsoft said in an emailed statement that the launch of the tablet in the mentioned markets will make the tablet available in a total of 29 markets across the world; with 10 of these markets being in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Surface 2 is Microsoft second-generation version of its original Surface tablet. Running the Windows RT 8.1 operating system, the Surface 2 boasts a 10.6-inch full-HD screen, 10-hour battery life; and pre-installed Microsoft Office software for home users and students.

Describing the Surface 2 tablet as "the most productive tablet for personal use in the market today," Jason Lim - general manager of the Windows business group at Microsoft Asia-Pacific - said: "The Surface 2 builds on the strengths of the Surface RT that enables portability and productivity in one sleek device."