Microsoft Increases Production and Expands Retail Distribution for Microsoft Surface With Windows RT

 Microsoft Increases Production and Expands Retail Distribution for Microsoft
                           Surface With Windows RT

Makes Surface available at additional retailers, extends successful Microsoft
holiday stores into new year.

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 11, 2012

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Microsoft Corp. today announced
plans to make Microsoft Surface available at additional retailers as soon as
mid-December. In addition, the company announced the extension of the
Microsoft holiday stores, including the transition of several of the stores
into permanent Microsoft retail outlets.

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"The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see.We've increased
production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with,
experience and purchase Surface," said Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft
Surface.

As early as mid-December, consumers will be able to go to retail stores in the
United States and Australia to purchase a Surface with Windows RT. Additional
availability will be added in a number of countries in the coming months.

"Our plan has been to expand the retail presence for Surface after the first
of the year. Based on interest from retailers, we are giving them the option
to carry Surface with Windows RT even earlier," said Steve Schueler, corporate
vice president, Microsoft Retail Sales and Marketing.

Surface will continue to be available for purchase at all Microsoft retail
stores in the United States and Canada and online in Australia, Canada, China,
France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Based on the
success of the Microsoft holiday stores, the company will extend all of these
locations into the new year. These stores will transition into either
permanent brick-and-mortar retail outlets or specialty store locations.

Microsoft stores will continue to offer best-in-class technology and a premium
retail experience, allowing customers to interact with Microsoft products that
impact the way people live, work and play. All Microsoft stores provide
consumers with the same excellent choice, value and service in an engaging way
to experience the best ofMicrosoft products.

Starting at $499, Surface combines the functionality of a laptop with the
portability of a tablet.From the fun and unique touch cover that provides a
super-thin, spill-resistant keyboard in a variety of vibrant colors to the
integrated kickstand that enables hands-free entertainment, Surface stands out
while delivering value and performance like nothing else on the market.With
Windows apps, SkyDrive cloud connectivity, HD video, Xbox Music, games, a
full-size USB port, a microSD card slot and the productivity of Office Home &
Student 2013 RT, Surface with Windows RT brings work and play together in
style.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

Website: http://www.microsoft.com
Contact: Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, +1-503-443-7070,
rrt@waggeneredstrom.com, or Surface PR Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide,
SURFACE@waggeneredstrom.com
 
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