Microsoft(s msft) announced on Tuesday it is expanding production and distribution of its Surface RT tablet. The company will be widening retail availability for the Windows slate by mid-December. The company had originally planned such expansion after the new year begins, but retailer interest is high, so it is accelerating the increased availability. Staples(s spls) will be among the first to carry the device, starting tomorrow.
Sales figures for the company’s first computer — historically, it has licensed its platform to other computer makers — haven’t been released, leaving many to question the success of the tablet. Unlike prior computers running Windows, the Surface RT uses a chip designed for smartphones, which required Microsoft to rework its operating system for the new chip. Surface RT is a tablet that can be used similar to a laptop with Microsoft Office software when paired with an optional keyboard.
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