Microsoft today announced the expanded commercial availability of Surface devices in the US, Japan and Hong Kong. Microsoft announced the Surface Disti-led Commercial Program in Japan and Hong Kong which enables existing Surface distributors to resell Surface beyond the ADR channel.
In the US, they made the following announcement,
In the United States we are also adding VARs that meet the criteria required to resell Surface to the public sector, including government entities and educational institutions, as we heard from our customers in this space that their specific purchasing criteria often made it difficult for them to locate a partner to purchase Surface devices from directly. These new partners will meet specific government procurement requirements while also delivering a variety of value-added services to the Surface family, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection