Microsoft continues global rollout of Surface RT, Pro

The Windows tablet will make its debut in several new international markets, including Japan, beginning in late March.

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Microsoft's rollout of its Windows Surface tablets continues, as the company today announced that in the coming months the Surface RT will be available in a range of new markets -- including Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

The Surface RT version can run certain desktop applications, such as Microsoft Office RT and Internet Explorer 10, but otherwise is restricted to Windows store apps. The 32GB Surface RT tablet starts at $499 in the U.S. The company didn't offer prices for the new markets.

In addition, Microsoft said that it will bring the Surface Pro to Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Earlier this month Microsoft unveiled Pro , which runs the full flavor of Windows 8 and can handle existing desktop applications.

Surface has been wending its way around the world. The RT version debuted in October in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, Hong Kong, Australia, and China. On February 14, the RT tablet went on sale in 13 additional countries throughout Europe, including Austria, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Microsoft said these new rollouts will begin in late March.

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