The Surface Pro is getting an upgraded storage option, Office 2013, and cool new touch covers—but not in the U.S.
Smart move, Microsoft. Microsoft's latest ad ties its Surface tablet to Office, doubling down on the business market.
One of Microsoft's top Windows executives said last week that the company is bullish about Windows RT, but analysts remain suspicious of RT's chances unless Microsoft makes changes.
Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates Monday stuck to the company line on tablets, and disparaged rival Apple's iPad for its lack of a keyboard and its inability to run Office.
Microsoft may be revealing the second generation of its Surface tablets during its developers' conference next month, according to a printed report.
Just months after jumping into hardware, Microsoft is a top five tablet manufacturer—but Windows slates have a long way to go before truly competing with Android and iOS.
Tablet shipments exploded by 142% in the first quarter of 2013 year-over-year as all Android tablets, including low-budget white box versions, dominated the market over Apple iOS tablets, IDC said.
Microsoft garnered just a "niche" in the global tablet market in the first quarter of 2013, following a period of user confusion after the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, analysts say.
In the first quarter of 2013, Windows 8 and RT devices accounted for 7.5 percent of the tablet market, with 3 million units shipped. That's up from 0 percent a year earlier, before Windows-based tablets were feasible.
Microsoft announced it would make the Surface Pro tablet available in more than 24 countries over May and June, and also expanded availability of its Surface RT tablet.