The Microsoft Surface Pro debuted on Saturday, and sold out almost immediately. Fortunately for those eager to get the signature Windows 8 tablet, more units are on the way.
Panos Panay, the man who is leading the Surface team, promised via Twitter that,
“We are shipping more 64gb now to BBY, Staples, MS Store and online. 128gb at BBY, MS Stores by Saturday.”
Panay is referring to the three places shoppers can go to get a Surface tablet: Best Buy, Staples, and Microsoft’s own retail and online stores.
In addition, the official Surface Blog has a post that says,
“In the U.S., we are shipping additional units of the 64GB SKU to Best Buy, Staples and Microsoft Store now. We are shipping 128GB SKU later this week to retailers, with some units available by the end of the week. Our priority (and that of our retail partners) is to fulfill orders from customers who made a reservation first. Canada is following a similar timeline but may take an extra few days to start arriving.”
The 128GB version is the one that sold out first on Saturday. It is likely the most poplar because it offers so much more storage capacity — because Windows 8 Pro takes up so much, the 128GB version has about 90GB of storage available to users, while the 64GB one has about 30GB.
These shortage don’t seem to indicate that this tablet is selling in huge numbers. Rather, Microsoft doesn’t appear to have made very many units available on launch day. As such, there’s currently no way to really judge how much demand there is for this product.