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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

January 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Surface Pro to be available Feb. 9

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The Surface for Windows 8 Pro comes with a Surface Pen. (Screenshot of Surface Pro from Official Microsoft Blog)

Microsoft said today that its Surface Pro tablets will be available for purchase starting on Feb. 9.

That’s a wee bit later than the late January date the company had given earlier.

Surface with Windows 8 Pro, as Microsoft is calling it, is powered by the Intel Core i5 processor and runs the full Windows 8 operating system. It will be able to run legacy Windows programs. (That’s in contrast to the Surface RT tablet, which became available late last year and runs Windows RT, the variant of Windows 8 designed specifically for tablets using power-sipping ARM processors. Windows RT devices are not able to run legacy Windows programs.)

On Feb. 9, the Surface Pro will be available for purchase in Microsoft retail stores in the U.S. and Canada, online at microsoftstore.com, and in Staples and Best Buy in the U.S. and in some locations in Canada.

As Microsoft had previously announced, pricing for the Surface Pro will start at $899 for the 64 GB version.

That price doesn’t include the keyboard that can be attached magnetically. Those are being sold separately. The Touch Cover — the thinner of the two — is being sold for $120. (New, limited editions of the Touch Cover in red, magenta and cyan and that feature laser etched designs are also being produced, to retail for $130.)

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Limited edition Touch Covers. (Screenshot from Official Microsoft Blog.)

The Type Cover — the slightly thicker cover with traditional keyboard feel — is being sold for $130.

In addition, a 64GB standalone version of Surface RT will be sold for $599. Previously, the only standalone version of Surface RT was the 32GB version for $499. (The 64GB version had previously been available only bundled with a black Touch Cover for $699.)

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