Microsoft is allowing a few resellers in 17 additional countries to sell the Surface tablets to commercial, education and public-sector customers.
This follows on a program the company launched last month in the U.S. allowing business buyers to purchase Surface tablets and commercial services through authorized resellers.
Today’s announcement expands the program to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. A list of the authorized resellers is here. Microsoft says it will choose additional partners in those markets in the coming weeks.
Microsoft has been making a push to expand sales of its Surface tablets with discounts on both its Surface RT and Surface Pro models, new commercials and the new reseller distribution programs. The company has never said how many units its has sold but said in a filing with the SEC that it made in $853 million in revenue for the Surface in the last fiscal year, ended June 30. A Bloomberg story from March estimated the company had sold about 1.5 million units. In its fourth fiscal quarter, the company took a $900 million writedown for Surface RT inventory adjustments — mainly the $150 price cut the company placed on those devices.