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Microsoft's Surface to touch 12 markets abroad

The company expands the commercial market for its Surface computer, which responds to touch and hand gestures, to 12 markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Microsoft is looking to keep the smile on its Surface computer, as it brings the PC to 12 overseas markets.

The software giant on Monday announced that the Surface computer, which responds to touch and hand gestures, will be marketed in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. The computer is currently distributed in the United States and Canada.

According to a statement by Panos Panay, Microsoft Surface's general manager:

Since our initial launch of Microsoft Surface, we've received an overwhelming response from companies worldwide that are looking for innovative ways to engage with their customers and developers who want to create applications that were not possible with other technologies.

Microsoft unveiled Surface two years ago and has since gained 120 application development partners for the system in 11 countries. Initially, Microsoft encountered difficulty in having applications developed for the system, but apparently, it is getting past many related hurdles.

Avanade, an IT-consulting firm, has developed wealth management applications for financial planning, while InterKnowlogy is developing medical applications designed to allow doctors and their patients review surgery procedures collaboratively.