Quick Note: 256GB Surface Pro Makes Its Way to Japan
May 29, 2013 11:21 AM
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Microsoft extends the reach of its Surface Pro tablet
lighting up the sales charts
, but that isn't stopping the software giant from expanding the latter's reach into new markets. Microsoft launched the Surface Pro (in 64GB and 128GB capacities) in the U.S. earlier this year, and Japanese buyers will now getting the opportunity to sample Microsoft's home-brewed tablet aimed at business users.
Starting June 8, potential customers in Japan will be able to purchase the familiar 64GB and 128GB Surface Pro models. In addition, a new 256GB SKU has been added to the mix and will be available for 119,800 yen ($1,175) -- this wouldn't be the first time that a company released a
higher capacity model late in the a product's life cycle
to extend its life a bit.
Microsoft is also being especially generous to Japanese customers by throwing in Office 2013 for free with all SKUs -- U.S. customers must purchase an Office 2013 license separately.
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MS, please make a splash..
5/29/2013 2:24:32 PM
If they threw in Office 2013 with the 256GB version, they'd have a mega-seller on their hands instead of this anemic-sales version.
But no, they have to go the way of most companies trying to enter an established market. "We think our product is the best, so we'll charge the same as the market leader with a crappier experience".
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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