Microsoft Surface RT coming more European countries 14 February

Microsoft will expand the availability of its Surface tablet across Europe starting 14 February.

This week, the Windows RT version of the Surface will go on sale in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

"We are thrilled to expand the Surface family with the release of Surface Pro," Panos Panay, corporate vice president of Microsoft Surface, said in a statement. "The launch of Surface Pro marks a pivotal moment for customers who can now do more with their machines than ever before."

The Surface with RT was released in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, the UK and US on 26 October. Microsoft did not mention when the Surface Pro would be released in Europe, but it hits US stores on 9 February.

Microsoft has also started selling a 64GB version of the Surface with RT without a Touch Cover in the US for $599 (£380), as well as a Surface-specific version of the Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse for $69.95 (£44). There will also be limited-edition Touch Covers in new colours - red, magenta, and cyan - for $129.99 (£82).

Microsoft was scheduled to host a launch event for the Surface Pro in New York City Friday night, but the threat of a blizzard forced the company to cancel the festivities.

"Given the blizzard warning for NYC area I'm super bummed I won't be able to be there to see the first #Surface Pros sold in Union Square," Panay tweeted.

Microsoft later confirmed that launch activities were cancelled.