Microsoft is still taking pre-orders for the Surface tablet, but shoppers can no longer order one to be delivered on launch day — the company has sold out of its pre-release stock.
The Windows RT edition of this computer went on Microsoft’s website on Tuesday, and the least expensive version sold out within 24 hours. Several days later, all three versions of this device are sold out.
Microsoft is still taking pre-orders, but shoppers will have to wait at least week to get their purchase, even though the Surface with Windows RT is going to debut on Oct. 26. Exactly how long the wait will be depends on the version. The $500, 32GB version will be available in about 3 weeks, the $600,
More about the Surface Series
There will be two distinctly different versions of Microsoft’s upcoming tablet. One of these will run Windows 8 RT, which was designed for ARM processors. The other, expected out next year, will run the full version of Windows 8 Pro on an x86 processor.
Despite their differences, the two editions of the Surface will have a certain amount in common, including a 10.6-inch display and support for the Smart Cover, which is both a keyboard and a cover.
The tablet will be sold only in Microsoft’s own stores, and there won’t be a version with cellular-wireless connectivity. Instead, this will be a Wi-Fi only tablet.
Microsoft Surface Ad
Microsoft has begun heavily advertising the Surface tablet, running this TV ad repeatedly: