Microsoft’s Surface series has generated some serious profits for the Redmond giant and a large chunk of it comes from the education and business areas. Microsoft is now expanding to 11 more countries, where it’s going to bring its Surface for Business line, focused on the commercial and education customers in Europe.
Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 were also expanded to more markets recently, so this move is not a surprise. Even the Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones have been expanded to more global stores. Now business and education customers in Europe are getting their own share of Surface products. Starting with May 1st, select models of the Surface Pro 6 for Business and Surface Laptop 2 for Business will reach Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.
Aside from hardware, the Surface products will also get localized languages in the preinstalled Windows 10 software. Starting this month, business customers from USA and Canada will also be able to buy a Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 with a Core i5 processor and 16 GB of RAM. Up until now, only Core i7 configs were available.
Such models aren’t being offered for regular consumers, from what I know. The education market is a battleground right now, between the Chromebooks, Surface models, cheaper iPads with accessories and more. Chromebooks and iPads are getting a bigger foothold, though.