It didn’t really appear anywhere that Microsoft is launching or planning to launch Surface tablets in India, not counted on happening anytime soon. But the software giant had already gone through government’s new mandatory procedure to retail tablets in India, earlier this year.
With registration number R-41003777 under Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Surface tablets
from model number 1516 (Surface RT) to (and) 1601 (Surface Pro 2) are approved to retail in Indian market. In short, Microsoft has got Indian government approval, a green sign to Surface tablets in India.
The data is publicly available on a BIS webpage mentioned below after the break. There is no Surface Pro 3 in the list of registered products.
Maintek Computer is reportedly a company of Pegatron Corp. that has registered Surface tablets for BIS certificate. The company is in connection with Microsoft.
We didn’t receive any response from Maintek.
Microsoft India told us that the company goes through such processes time-to-time “as part of any market assessment perspective“.
A Microsoft India spokesperson said, “As per BIS processes, certification is mandatory for this category. For Microsoft, we do go through these processes from time-to-time, as part of any market assessment perspective. But, at this stage, we have no announcements to offer for launch timing of the said model or other models of Microsoft Surface in India.”
The statement certainly clears up that Microsoft did go through BIS process for its tablets. But a few questions remain unanswered. Will Microsoft launch its Windows powered Surface tablets in India? If they’re launched will it encourage or discourage other OEMs to launch Windows tablets in India?
CyberMedia Research analyst Faisal Kawoosa said, “I see it (BIS approval for Surface) as an initial support, similar to what Microsoft did globally by introducing Surface as a solution and making the buzz ahead of other vendors shipping out their product. I never find Microsoft a serious player in selling the hardware per se, and they will continue to focus on OS.”
The new BIS registration process is a mandatory governmental process for sale under Electronics and IT Goods Order (2012) that completely came into effect in July 2013. As per the order, 15 types of electronic devices like video game, printer and scanner, keyboard, laptop/tablet, etc. are required to get approval from BIS before going on sale.
Reportedly because of BIS certification compliance issues tablet shipments were less in the first quarter of 2014.