CHRISTMASSY RETAILER John Lewis has started selling the Microsoft Surface RT tablet today.
Rather hopefully, it claimed that there is "phenomenal" demand for the Windows 8 devices.
The retailer announced on Thursday that it would start selling the Windows 8 RT tablet, which is available at its online store from today and will be in its UK outlets from 15 December. This means that punters will be able to try out the tablet before they buy it for the very first time, as it previously has been available only through Microsoft's online store.
Matt Leeser, head of buying for communication technology at John Lewis said, "We are committed to offering customers the very best tablet range available and believe that the innovative Microsoft Surface [RT] is a brilliant addition to our assortment."
The retailer said that demand for Windows 8 devices has been "phenomenal", contrary to reports that Microsoft has been struggling to win customers.
Leeser said, "Demand for Windows 8 computers has been phenomenal with touchscreen models leading the way."
This announcement comes just days after Microsoft announced plans to start selling the Surface through third-party retailers - despite no mention that it would do so in the UK.
The Microsoft Surface RT is available from John Lewis now, priced at £479 for the 32GB model and £559 for the 64GB version. Both models come with Microsoft's black Touch Keyboard included. µ
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