The Surface RT marked the start of a new era for Microsoft, bringing it into competition with its OEM and ODM partners that for decades it enabled, and did not directly challenge. Bringing the Surface RT to Japan bringing it to the local markets of its competition. Currently the Surface RT is available in more than 20 markets around the world and only recently joined by Microsoft Surface Pro which is built strictly on Windows 8 and not the ARM based processor. As Windows 8 matures, and its application store fills, the Surface RT will be a stronger proposition. It will be interesting to see how many Japanese-language applications will be available when the Surface RT launches there. Read the full story here.