128 GB Surface Pro already sold out on US Microsoft Store site

It looks like people who want to get the Surface Pro tablet want as much hard drive space as possible. The Microsoft Store website in the US is now showing that the $999 128 GB version of the Windows 8 Pro tablet is now showing as "out of stock" just hours after it first went on sale.

The Staples.com website is also showing the 128 GB version as "currently out of stock." The Surface Pro listings on Microsoftstore.com and Staples.com still shows the $899 64 GB version as being available. The Canadian Microsoft Store site still shows both versions on sale. The Best Buy website shows both versions of the Surface Pro as being available, but not for online shipments; there's still the option of ordering the tablets online and then going to your local Best Buy store to pick them up, again if they have them available.

Microsoft has not commented on how many units of the Surface Pro tablet it made available for the initial shipment. Unlike the launch of the Surface RT product, Microsoft did not offer pre-orders of the Surface Pro ahead of today's launch. That might indicate that the company kept units numbers down to ensure that they had enough to meet demand. Obviously, they didn't anticipate the more expensive version of the tablet would be more popular.

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I am thankful I pre-ordered my 128GB from Best Buy. They did not have it at open but it came in later in the day. It was the only 128GB they received too. Not sure how many 64GB they had, did not ask. The Staples nearby only got a single 64GB in and that was it.

still want a surface pro? get a Samsung series 7 slate 128gb for $600 used on ebay. same thing without the 1080p display.

Gabe3 said,
still want a surface pro? get a Samsung series 7 slate 128gb for $600 used on ebay. same thing without the 1080p display.

More than just the display in difference...
The speed of the SSD alone would be a good argument for spending the extra money, plus the better screen, plus the faster HD 4000 graphics, etc.

There is also no information on the touch screen/stylus support of features of the Samsung to compare.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001...ws-off-its-inner-ultrabook/

The Samsung is a nice product, don't get me wrong, but there are tradeoffs that might be worth considering....

So I want to think this is great news but as with all past MS products released it's almost definitely due to very limited stock. Sold out is easy if you put 4 in each store. I just want to think they're actually selling well. I want it to succeed but I don't want fluffed numbers and all that jazz.

My local staples store has only sold 12 pro units not a single person in line. The girl told me they sold over 25 iPads this same morning .

Actually, if Staples sold 12 Surface Pro's in the same period they sold 25 iPads, I'd have to say that's a resounding success for the Surface Pro. And I'm actually surprised, shocked even. I'd be quite happy to hear this story if I was MS.

Do you buy your troll food from petco?

MorganX said,
Actually, if Staples sold 12 Surface Pro's in the same period they sold 25 iPads, I'd have to say that's a resounding success for the Surface Pro. And I'm actually surprised, shocked even. I'd be quite happy to hear this story if I was MS.

Microsoft in Pentagon Mall, VA still has 128GB. I was in line with roughly 50 people this morning, they told everyone who was in line they have enough for everyone. I think some stores got a lot more than others.

Microsoft stores are carrying way more stock. Best buy, staples; only a few- multiplied by x amount of stores... same, same, but different.

volodoscope said,
Microsoft in Pentagon Mall, VA still has 128GB. I was in line with roughly 50 people this morning, they told everyone who was in line they have enough for everyone. I think some stores got a lot more than others.

I believe that's the case with anything though. They probably take things into account like population in the area, how much foot traffic the store gets on average and so on.

I was able to get mine this morning from the Microsoft store in Kansas City. I had a reservation card though from my many previous visits to the store that reserved my 128 GB version. There was a bit of confusion in the store to people who didn't know they had to reserve them.

But those of us that reserved them seemed to all get them, there was a small line at 9:45 about 5 people in line in front of me with another 7 or so already being helped. Waited about 20 minutes for my turn to get one.

The 128GB was the only one people were buying, there were plenty of 64GB versions.

I'm writing this on my new Surface Pro while Spotify is installing...

I wonder what logic dictated that someone would be willing to spend $900 but not $1000 on this thing...seriously why bother with 64GB at all. I bought a Nexus 10 16GB for my GF and use a dongle for External memory, without that, it would be almost useless for what she wants to do with it. I wish ALL these manufactures would be just a little less greedy and put a god damned SD expansion card in them. Another missed opportunity by Microsoft.

Not sure if I read this " I wish ALL these manufactures would be just a little less greedy and put a god damned SD expansion card in them. Another missed opportunity by Microsoft." correctly! Both the Surface (RT) and Surface Pro has a microSDXC slot. I have put a 32GB mSD in my RT.

My mistake, that's a big plus then. General statement towards all manufacturers still stands...I don't have "brand" loyalty but glad to see they didn't mimic Apple and Google. If "Pro" were priced just a little better I'd be very interested. Curious to see how it holds up over time, may ultimately become an option for people like me.

Hahaiah said,
My mistake, that's a big plus then. General statement towards all manufacturers still stands...I don't have "brand" loyalty but glad to see they didn't mimic Apple and Google. If "Pro" were priced just a little better I'd be very interested. Curious to see how it holds up over time, may ultimately become an option for people like me.

The Pro is priced well considering it is multiple times the features and speed of a Nexus or iPad that is close to the same price.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001...ws-off-its-inner-ultrabook/

Sure, but if we're going to get technical... backup/remove the Recovery Partition, schedule device backups to SkyDrive or other cloud services, and try not to overly fragment the filesystem by installing/removing/reinstalling all varieties of applications for just-in-case scenarios.

The average consumer and even a serious amount of power-users would only install maybe 12-15GB of apps, then stream music/videos. The remainder (let's say 5GB) is for personal media and documents... and all of those would get auto-backed up into the SkyDrive cloud.

Only developers who travel a lot AND try to show off their new PC would need more storage than that... As well as media-hounds who insist on keeping their entire digital library on their 1 PC device (which doesn't make sense... use a portable USB 3.0 1TB drive for that, anyway).

That's plenty though. I got 64Gb version, installed Adobe CS6, Office 365 and maybe 10 other small apps. Still have 15GBs free. I think microSD is great for music, videos and all other files.

from paul thurott

"Surface Pro 128 GB Immediately Sells Out
Sorry, haters, but customers are buying up all available 128 GB Surface Pros immediately"

"The critics will be disappointed to discover that Surface Pro is in fact flying off the shelves, at the least the 128 GB version."

"Those who show up at Microsoft retail store locations are reporting “Apple-like” lines."

vcfan said,
from paul thurott

"Surface Pro 128 GB Immediately Sells Out
Sorry, haters, but customers are buying up all available 128 GB Surface Pros immediately"

"The critics will be disappointed to discover that Surface Pro is in fact flying off the shelves, at the least the 128 GB version."

"Those who show up at Microsoft retail store locations are reporting “Apple-like” lines."

Paul gets payed to talk and post like that.

sanctified said,
'haters'?

Is he a teenager now?


No, he can be much more vicious, there is an " insect" that knows this very well....

TurboShrimp said,

Paul gets payed to talk and post like that.


Yes he does get paid, but not to "talk like that". He has spoken out and has been critical against the Surface RT, Microsoft, and Windows 8.

FalseAgent said,

Yes he does get paid, but not to "talk like that". He has spoken out and has been critical against the Surface RT, Microsoft, and Windows 8.

He also has a fundamental lack of technical understanding. If you read back through his articles, he argues that Microsoft will have to produce several copies of Windows 8 WOA because of the HAL in NT. (Which is the exact opposite of reality, as the HAL in NT is how Microsoft can product ONE BINARY VERSION of WOA/RT)

Paul always has had good sources, but even they are not embedded at engineering or technical levels in Microsoft.

Someday I would like to see Cutler or Mark Russ. go through and red pen all of Thrurrott's articles to regain some technical credibility since people still read and rely on them (having seen crap his has written out of his technical wheel-box end up on Wikipedia).

I really fell devices sold this day should state their free amount of memory if you have no choice in what is installed *cough* apple*cough*microsoft*cough*

srbeen said,
I really fell devices sold this day should state their free amount of memory if you have no choice in what is installed *cough* apple*cough*microsoft*cough*

Nothing does that. He'll everyone made a big deal about the hard drive makers not listing the exact binary amount free for their drives but now that no longer seems to be a issue. When the rest of the oems start to do exact listings of usable space on the systems they sell then maybe apple and Microsoft will.

Without hard numbers, John, this article doesn't tell us much. Did they produce 1,000? 10,000? 100,000?

COKid said,
Without hard numbers, John, this article doesn't tell us much. Did they produce 1,000? 10,000? 100,000?

This John guy is best at telling us things we already know..."not sure how many sold... but yah..."

COKid said,
Without hard numbers, John, this article doesn't tell us much. Did they produce 1,000? 10,000? 100,000?

Sure we don't know how many they made but in what world would it make any sort of business sense to make only 10,000, or even 100,000? Volume comes into play when they make devices since it brings parts down in cost, I doubt they made anything less than 500,000 in their first batch.

GP007 said,

Sure we don't know how many they made but in what world would it make any sort of business sense to make only 10,000, or even 100,000? Volume comes into play when they make devices since it brings parts down in cost, I doubt they made anything less than 500,000 in their first batch.


A 300.000.000 initial investment for a company as MS is not unreasonable indeed.

Obviously, they didn't anticipate the more expensive version of the tablet would be more popular.

Really? Seems stupid to me to not have anticipated the 128GB model selling far better than the only slightly cheaper and significantly less spacious 64GB model. It's more likely that they just had a limited supply of 128GB and/or only a few are buying the 64GB Surface Pro.

Edit: Just realised you probably meant Surface Pro vs. Surface RT, rather than 64GB Surface Pro vs. 128GB Surface Pro.

Manish said,

Really? Seems stupid to me to not have anticipated the 128GB model selling far better than the only slightly cheaper and significantly less spacious 64GB model. It's more likely that they just had a limited supply of 128GB and/or only a few are buying the 64GB Surface Pro.

Edit: Just realised you probably meant Surface Pro vs. Surface RT, rather than 64GB Surface Pro vs. 128GB Surface Pro.

usual tactic is to hold stock and allow it to sell out, get the headlines on the blogosphere about it selling fast then release more. Not having a pop at MS here as its just what everyone does.

I guess it may be yet another case of Nexus 4, where Microsoft overestimates demands for RT, and underestimates the demand for 128G Pro.

I don't think they overestimated demand for RT, I think they just didn't deliver on the software end which really kept it from being a consumer success.

BoredBozirini said,
They probably only produced 10 for all North America.

^ ikr, to think anyone else would buy these tablets. Most people from Neowin and other MS fanboys are gonna buy it.

Can't imagine any business would want the Surface or average consumers... and especially not students.
Poor battery life especially on a tablet is a turn off for me.

Why does liking a product that you personally do not make you a fanboy of the respective company? Is this the new definition or something?

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Sorry, can't take people serious when they have these "ponies" as avatars.

Pretty much. I wish this brony thing would die in a fire.

Also, I imagine they played it safe with the surface pro as far as quantity assembled, but it's good to hear it's being sold, I guess. I can't really say much because there are no numbers to compare to ipad or surface rt sales

I would love to see a comparison/benchmark of battery life with all the current devices. Still tempted to get a nexus 10 but no idea the battery life in the real world. I'm sure the Surface Pro will improve over time.

Surface Pro gives similar performance and battery life to a McBA (there have a number of reviews and comparisons, even on NeoWin), in a tablet format (lighter, touch and pen input - along with typing with Touch/Type cover). An iPad device cannot compete with Surface Pro if we are discussing the device as a content generator rather than content consumption alone. I have an iPad2 (bought over 2 years ago such that I do not need to carry a work and personal laptop when traveling), and its been sitting more and more in my drawer because I cannot use it do any serious word processing (I need to run Word and LaTeX), Visio is a critical application for me, MATLAB, and some spreadsheet. Also occasional code development (VS12 or gcc using CygWin).

onionjuice, ,

I think you are sadly off target. As a former teacher and now technology coordinator for a high school and Junior College, the Surface Pro is the Best Device out there..

We have been testing iPads and Android tablets for a while. Hands down, Surface Pro does everything and more for a student. remember the number 1 application use by college students is now OneNote, and it is amazing with the Pen.

I could go on and on, but you need to look at the big picture before jumping a large cell phone device band wagon.

onionjuice said,

^ ikr, to think anyone else would buy these tablets. Most people from Neowin and other MS fanboys are gonna buy it.

Can't imagine any business would want the Surface or average consumers... and especially not students.
Poor battery life especially on a tablet is a turn off for me.

You'd be surprised, I know a lot of customers waiting for a decent windows 8 (full / x64) based tablet and more to the point the surface, they see the benefits which are clear if you can see through the hate mist.

Many of my customers use MS CRM, and the new apps coming out for modern interface for CRM are looking dam good, especially for sales folks on the road.

Add the many IT admins I know that are wanting the surface pro, who will obviously be the go to guy for advice on what to buy and I think they've got a winner on their hands this time.

duddit2 said,

Many of my customers use MS CRM, and the new apps coming out for modern interface for CRM are looking dam good, especially for sales folks on the road.

Really? Mary Jo Foley says that Microsoft will not be releasing a Dynamics CRM app until mid-2013. All I see in the Store right now are third-party apps.

I would think that the availability of Outlook would be a much greater driver of Surface Pro sales. Heck, even the Dynamics CRM offline client is an Outlook plug-in.

Plus, the proverbial "traveling salesman" is precisely the "iPad and a laptop" demographic that the Surface Pro was designed to target. If they can cut their luggage by two pounds, they will be thrilled.

MikadoWu said,
onionjuice, ,

I think you are sadly off target. As a former teacher and now technology coordinator for a high school and Junior College, the Surface Pro is the Best Device out there..

We have been testing iPads and Android tablets for a while. Hands down, Surface Pro does everything and more for a student. remember the number 1 application use by college students is now OneNote, and it is amazing with the Pen.

I could go on and on, but you need to look at the big picture before jumping a large cell phone device band wagon.

Yah please tell me after your district adopts these tablets.

And one note is good but there are also so many ipad apps that students in my college use. Some even type on the ipad (without a keyboard) and you can also buy a stylus for an iPad and write on it.

iPad is an established brand, the same can not be said about the Surface, IMO it doesn't bring anything useful for most users. (Sure its more functional then the iPad, but to what extent? Why do you need full windows for?

Also Microsoft is essentially competing with its own market because of the really portable ultrabooks under $800 I don't think the surface is going to be compelling for most users since it costs too much. People said don't compare the surface with the iPad's $500 price.. well what about with ultrabooks now? They offer the same if not better specs as the Surface, WITHOUT compromise on potability.

duddit2 said,

You'd be surprised, I know a lot of customers waiting for a decent windows 8 (full / x64) based tablet and more to the point the surface, they see the benefits which are clear if you can see through the hate mist.

Many of my customers use MS CRM, and the new apps coming out for modern interface for CRM are looking dam good, especially for sales folks on the road.

Add the many IT admins I know that are wanting the surface pro, who will obviously be the go to guy for advice on what to buy and I think they've got a winner on their hands this time.

Yah the idea of Windows in a tablet sounds cool but I wouldn't benefit for me (personally speaking). It may be of interest to others, but there are cheaper options such as ultra books which are so portable, So I don't see why anyone would buy a $1,000 tablet over a say $800 ultrabook with the same specs and portability.

onionjuice said,

Yah the idea of Windows in a tablet sounds cool but I wouldn't benefit for me (personally speaking). It may be of interest to others, but there are cheaper options such as ultra books which are so portable, So I don't see why anyone would buy a $1,000 tablet over a say $800 ultrabook with the same specs and portability.

Please tell me you're not working in IT. If you are I'll tell you, you'd be fired within the first month with this kind of crap that comes out of your mouth.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Please tell me you're not working in IT. If you are I'll tell you, you'd be fired within the first month with this kind of crap that comes out of your mouth.

lol? whats the difference between an ultrabook and a Surface tablet? Nothing. You can live in denial all you want and make personal arguments, but it shows you have no clear reply.

And regardless of where you work, you'd be fired within a week for that sh!)t you crap out of your mouth.

Exactly what to you find so IT unprofessional about what he said? In many sectors you have to justify that extra $200. Not everyone just has to have a tablet. Usability, battery life, etc all count. Many, many would prefer a larger and more familiar form factor of an ultra book. Just depends. Additionally he said "he" would not personally benefit. I'm really interested in what part of his statement you disagree with so vehemently. With no quantifying details, he basically said there's no clear reason to spend the extra $200 per unit. That would solidify his job in IT.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Please tell me you're not working in IT. If you are I'll tell you, you'd be fired within the first month with this kind of crap that comes out of your mouth.

onionjuice said,

Yah the idea of Windows in a tablet sounds cool but I wouldn't benefit for me (personally speaking). It may be of interest to others, but there are cheaper options such as ultra books which are so portable, So I don't see why anyone would buy a $1,000 tablet over a say $800 ultrabook with the same specs and portability.

Quite a few of my customers are smaller businesses and don't have the corporate red tape of having to justify a price, granted they usually want the best value (their words, which translates to cheapest price), but with a new form factor which also serves their existing needs the top level folks play the classic mind trick of wanting it over needing it.

Add to that the genuine sales people benefits (on the road, with customers and potential clients, having a device that's both quicker to use and 'new' which gives the 'oh what's that' factor from the customer) and you have real appeal.

MorganX said,
Exactly what to you find so IT unprofessional about what he said? In many sectors you have to justify that extra $200. Not everyone just has to have a tablet. Usability, battery life, etc all count. Many, many would prefer a larger and more familiar form factor of an ultra book. Just depends. Additionally he said "he" would not personally benefit. I'm really interested in what part of his statement you disagree with so vehemently. With no quantifying details, he basically said there's no clear reason to spend the extra $200 per unit. That would solidify his job in IT.

Because the person sees an ultrabook as being comparable to a full TABLET PC device.

Seriously...

Just the Wacom digitizer on the Unit with 1024 levels of pressure input alone were selling for $1200 just a couple of years ago.

Let alone the Surface specific features like the SSD drive that maintains 200mb/sec read/write (not burst) that is the actual speed, compared to 30/40mb r/w on a freaking low powered iPad. (Let alone an iPad has a low end touch screen with less precision.)


Here I am explaining the difference to you of a Tablet and Ultrabook. If you and the other person, REALLY do not get the difference, just give up and never post on any website ever again, or talk about computers in public.

You both are embarrassing me just for having read and replied to such ignorant crap.

thenetavenger said,
You both are embarrassing me just for having read and replied to such ignorant crap.

You're embarrassing yourself. IT departments across the country will not go out and buy surfaces because of the Wacom Digitizer unit that sold for $1200 a couple years ago, and because it has an SSD.

You are a geekiot and I don't believe you work in IT at all. You would be fired for irritating me. Seriously, get a life, and get real. Contrary to what you may think, IT purchasing decision are not made in your bedroom, basement, or garage based on irrelevant things that obviously you feel are important to the world and justify buying a "FULL TABLET PC DEVICE."

I was prepared to take your response seriously, but you are a joke.

thenetavenger said,

Because the person sees an ultrabook as being comparable to a full TABLET PC device.

Seriously...

Just the Wacom digitizer on the Unit with 1024 levels of pressure input alone were selling for $1200 just a couple of years ago.

Let alone the Surface specific features like the SSD drive that maintains 200mb/sec read/write (not burst) that is the actual speed, compared to 30/40mb r/w on a freaking low powered iPad. (Let alone an iPad has a low end touch screen with less precision.)


Here I am explaining the difference to you of a Tablet and Ultrabook. If you and the other person, REALLY do not get the difference, just give up and never post on any website ever again, or talk about computers in public.

You both are embarrassing me just for having read and replied to such ignorant crap.

Dude you know most ultrabooks have SSDs in them too whats there not to compare about them with the surface?? So the argument about Surface being faster goes out the window. Most ultrabooks use the same processor (Ultra low voltage processors) as the one surface is using too.

And I was never comparing the iPad with the Surface. I'm saying why buy a Surface when you can get the same specs with the same form factor in ultrabooks. (At a lower price)

Yup, checked all best buys and staples in the area. All sold out. One guy at Best Buy told me he was getting calls all morning about Surface. I ended up just ordering on the MS store.

Just called local Staples and asked about Surface Pro, they said "we just sold the last one." Asked how many they got in, he said "We only received two from MS to sell. Hopefully we'll see more by wednesday or thursday."

LMFAO.

Darrah Ford said,
Just called local Staples and asked about Surface Pro, they said "we just sold the last one." Asked how many they got in, he said "We only received two from MS to sell. Hopefully we'll see more by wednesday or thursday."

LMFAO.

the only one they carry in store right now is the 64GB one, 128GB is online only, and they only sent 2-3 to each staples store...they have about 1,600 staples stores in the USA so staples overnight sold around 4,800 64GB models and who knows how many 128GB models since it was online only... for one chain almost 5,000 in a night isn't bad

0 - 2 units per store is not a launch. That's just lack of planning. And they've only got one chance at getting some buzz from the initial launch headlines.

Darrah Ford said,
0 - 2 units per store is not a launch. That's just lack of planning. And they've only got one chance at getting some buzz from the initial launch headlines.

The Surface isn't a proven brand, so it would be stupid for Microsoft to flood stores with hundreds of units right now.

And shipping 1 x 64GB Surface Pro to each BestBuy or Staples is a good way to make sure it stays unproven.

But by all means keep rationalizing this as a good thing.

Darrah Ford said,
0 - 2 units per store is not a launch. That's just lack of planning. And they've only got one chance at getting some buzz from the initial launch headlines.

Considering Staples gets 1 to 3 of any computer they get in when it comes out, I'd consider that normal?!

Darrah Ford said,
And shipping 1 x 64GB Surface Pro to each BestBuy or Staples is a good way to make sure it stays unproven.

But by all means keep rationalizing this as a good thing.

I'm using common sense. You're the one calling a Staples stores and pretending their inventory is the same as everyone else's, when you have zero clue as to how many Pros have been shipped.

I don't really care if the Surface Pro sinks or swims because I'm not invested in that platform, but it makes perfect sense for Microsoft to limit the Surface Pro's release like they are doing now. They release a bit, it sells out, they release a little more to start gauging it. Now, tell me what company doesn't do that with new products? It's not a Microsoft thing, bro. Apple did the same thing with the first iPhone, and look how that turned out.