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Microsoft Surface coming to more markets across Europe, Asia

Microsoft has provided more details about the expanded launch of its Surface tablets.

The Surface RT launched in select markets in October, while the Surface Pro was released in February. Now, the gadgets will also be rolling out to more customers across Europe, Asia, and Australia.

The Surface RT will land in Malaysia on 25 April, in Mexico by the end of May, and in Korea and Thailand in June. At that point, Surface RT will be available in 29 markets, including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the US, and the UK.

For those who want the more full-featured Surface Pro, the tablet will arrive by the end of May in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. By June, it will also be available in Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand. At this point, it's only on sale in the US, Canada, and China.

"The enthusiasm for Surface has been fantastic, and we love hearing the stories of people who are making it the one device they use to work and play," general manager Brian Hall said in a blog post.

The staggered rollout is intended to "make sure that we have the volume of devices in place and alignment with our retail partners to do each launch well," he said.

Retail availability and pricing will be revealed in the future, ahead of actual launch dates.

Customers may want to think about pre-ordering the tablet, if the option is available — the 64GB and 128GB versions of the Surface were sold out within hours of the device's US/Canadian launch.