Microsoft – which was founded in 1975 – has hinted it may make such a move after announcing the product is to become more widely available throughout the US and Canada.
Shoppers in the UK, Australia, China, France and Germany can purchase the machine online, while the success of the firm’s holiday stores will determine whether or not expansions are to be made in these locations in 2013.
Panos Panay, general manager at Microsoft Surface, said the public reaction to the release of the Surface has been exciting to witness, adding: “We’ve increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface.”
Steve Schueler, corporate vice-president at Microsoft Retail Sales and Marketing, explained the company’s initial plan was to increase the retail presence of the product after it had been on the market for 12 months.
However, the high level of interest from retailers has resulted in this strategy being brought forward.