Microsoft has finally announced that its Surface Pro tablet will go on sale in the UK by the end of May.

So far, the more powerful Surface tablet running Windows 8 Pro has only been available in the US, Canada and China. However, Microsoft has confirmed it will be released by the end of May in the UK and a number of other countries. See also: Microsoft Surface Pro vs Surface RT comparison review.

Microsoft said: "We know it took us a while to get back to you, but we hear you, and are excited to be able to provide an update on the countries where Surface RT and Surface Pro will be launching in May and June."

The software giant said more details will be provided on exact launch dates, retail partners and prices via the Surface Twitter account. We think the Surface Pro could be priced from £749 in the UK for the 64GB model. See also: Microsoft Surface Pro price in the UK.

The Surface Pro will be released in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland by the end of May. It will reach Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand before the end of June.

Meanwhile, the Surface RT will be released in Malaysia on April 25th, in Mexico by the end of May and in Korea and Thailand in June. See also: Microsoft to launch 7in Surface.

"The enthusiasm for Surface has been fantastic, and we love hearing the stories of people who are making it the one device they use to work and play. This is what Surface was designed to do – simplify your life while letting you do more!" added Microsoft.

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