Microsoft announced that its forthcoming Surface Pro tablet hybrid will become generally available in the United States and Canada on February 9th. As you certainly recall, the Surface Pro is a similar piece of hardware to the Surface RT, the largest difference between the two being their operating systems: The Surface RT runs Windows RT, and the Surface Pro a full-build of Windows 8 sans application restrictions. The release date for the Surface Pro is roughly inside the timeframe mentioned by the company when it indicated that the Pro would go on sale 90 days after the RT model. The company is updating its SKU lineup for the RT itself, adding the option for consumers to buy the 64 gigabyte version of the device without a black Touch Cover. This is not in any way a retreat from the Touch Cover experience, but is instead a calculated move. Read the full story at The Next Web.