All initial online Surface stock sold out in United States

It has been Surface crazy over the past week as Microsoft's Windows RT tablet was finally priced and made available for pre-order. Less than a day afterwards the $499 32 GB version without the Touch Cover was sold out of initial stock and back-ordered for several weeks, while earlier today the same Surface model sold out in Canada and the UK.

Now, every model available from the Surface website has been sold out, with shipping dates for the 32 GB and 64 GB models with Touch Covers pushed back 1-2 weeks, while the 32 GB model without a Cover still sitting at three weeks. We're not entirely sure how much stock was made available to pre-order, but it does at least indicate that people are buying a fair few Surfaces ahead of any reviews.

Your best bet to get a Surface on the launch day is to head directly to a Microsoft Store, although even then it might be wise to reserve one at your local store before the launch - you don't want to turn up and be disappointed come October 26th.

Thanks for the tip Michael!

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the question begs.. how many of these people are aware that you cannot run windows programs on these? massive returns incoming

I PRE-ORDERED 3 of them. 1 32GB without keyboard and ordered a white keyboard and 2 64GB black with type cover. I will order a pro when available too. When accessories like card readers such as square and other companies like Quickbooks gets on board these machines will replace POS systems and make stores very mobile.

Say what you want but this type of tablet has been in need for a few years now. MS has vested billions into Win 8, WP8 and Xbox and will do what it takes to make them the third Eco system in mobile and entertainment. They have the PC market already.

Naysayers can reason all they want about the end of MS with Win8 but it won't happen. Even with a limited stock of let's say 500,000 pieces of each it means they sold 1.5 million devices before opening day. They are sold out in other regions too. Screw the idea of building hype excuses because MS needs to sell all they got and has never needed to jnflate numbers before. They have built excellent hardware for years and now they stepped it up tenfold with the surface. Look at the close up shots of the surface and the quality is amazing.

I am typing this from an iPad3.... Can't wait.

I didn't preorder just because I actually want to hold one and try out the keyboard covers before buying. I'm also leaning more to the Surface Pro, depending on the price.

wotsit said,
Just a dumb tactic

I don't think it's a "tactic." X percentage of the original manufacturing run went to the website, while Y percentage went to Microsoft Store locations... They ran out of X.

neonspark said,
LOL too @ doubters. windows 8 is a hit.
surface is a hit.
get over it.

Well, first we need to know how many of them were up for preorder.

Then, it's the Microsoft faithful (who can be even more cultish than Apple people) who rushed to buy this thing, not the general public.

I'm not saying it won't be a hit, I'm just saying temper your expectations.

well I was reading Paul Thurrots blog about people not knowing what they are buying more or less with these RT devices, I can only imagine how many of these get returned after people fully understand what these cannot do!

I'll wait till January to make a final decision on a tablet/laptop. See how the prices for Windows 8 devices are and check out the Surface Pro.

All these morons talking about stupid apps need to take their heads out of their asses. First of all, I for one am getting tired of these so called "apps" they aren't real apps anyway all they do is access the web and most of the crap can be done through a browser. Considering what it can do out of the box it already is miles ahead of itoys and androitoy. Try running office on those toys, oh you can't. Doh! Real "software" will come soon enough. If you need it now get real Pc or wait for Surface pro. Otherwise STFU and go find something more useful to do with your time.

deepfunkysoul said,
All these morons talking about stupid apps need to take their heads out of their asses. First of all, I for one am getting tired of these so called "apps" they aren't real apps anyway all they do is access the web and most of the crap can be done through a browser. Considering what it can do out of the box it already is miles ahead of itoys and androitoy. Try running office on those toys, oh you can't. Doh! Real "software" will come soon enough. If you need it now get real Pc or wait for Surface pro. Otherwise STFU and go find something more useful to do with your time.

And the "real app" developers will be tripping over themselves to get their Win8/RT apps out. You can bet on that.

It says 1-2 weeks for the 32/64 with touch cover bundle and it says 3 weeks for the 32 without cover. considering how the two with covers went to "backorder" at almost the same time, I'd guess this has more to do with them shipping ground from a coast (no longer guaranteed october 26th delivery to the whole country) rather than them being sold out.

owenv said,
It says 1-2 weeks for the 32/64 with touch cover bundle and it says 3 weeks for the 32 without cover. considering how the two with covers went to "backorder" at almost the same time, I'd guess this has more to do with them shipping ground from a coast (no longer guaranteed october 26th delivery to the whole country) rather than them being sold out.

Well either that, or the fact that they still need to populate some of their pop-up stores with the Surface's. This way its not an exact number, its more of a.... ok we will stop the online orders now.

Pre-ordered one Surface RT right away when it opened for my wife. Will order the Surface Pro when it is out for myself.

Why exactly are people going after those like crazy? If it was holographic or something like that, I'd reconsider, but that's just another piece of hardware just like any other.

AllMac said,
Why exactly are people going after those like crazy? If it was holographic or something like that, I'd reconsider, but that's just another piece of hardware just like any other.

Why do people go after ipads like crazy? Why do people go after <insert a million other things here> like crazy?

AllMac said,
Why exactly are people going after those like crazy? If it was holographic or something like that, I'd reconsider, but that's just another piece of hardware just like any other.

you could ask the same thing about nearly anything in the world that isn't a hologram.
and i think holograms, if they did come out, would be a little pricey for the average consumer.

AllMac said,
Why exactly are people going after those like crazy? If it was holographic or something like that, I'd reconsider, but that's just another piece of hardware just like any other.

"Just another piece of..." BLASPHEMY! Actually, I'm not sure. I mean it's a sleek looking device. It's also apparently very durable (drop test, skateboard, etc). I really want to get my hands on one but I'm upgrading my phone first.

I just received an email from Microsoft Store Canada that the release date has been pushed back one week (although, people think they meant to say that just my order was pushed back by a week - fair enough).

Whatever the case is, they should know what stock was available for day one delivery. I never heard of Apple stumbling like this at a launch.

DClark said,
I just received an email from Microsoft Store Canada that the release date has been pushed back one week (although, people think they meant to say that just my order was pushed back by a week - fair enough).

Whatever the case is, they should know what stock was available for day one delivery. I never heard of Apple stumbling like this at a launch.

I got the same email, but then when I went to check the order it said that I would get it by the 26th (where originally it said that it would ship on the 26th)

Sraf said,

I got the same email, but then when I went to check the order it said that I would get it by the 26th (where originally it said that it would ship on the 26th)


Yeah I checked my order on the web site and it says that it will be delivered to me by the 26th as well. But what would be more accurate? An email may have been sent out to indicate that the current stock levels have changed and to reflect the new ship-out estimate, or did MY order also get delayed and the web site status hasn't been changed?

Troubling times, these are.

DClark said,
I just received an email from Microsoft Store Canada that the release date has been pushed back one week (although, people think they meant to say that just my order was pushed back by a week - fair enough).

Whatever the case is, they should know what stock was available for day one delivery. I never heard of Apple stumbling like this at a launch.

I got the same email a little over an hour ago. If they really plan on moving the availability of the Surface to November 2 I will be very disappointed with Microsoft. I only did a pre-order so I would have it by the 26th as stated on their site.

matt95110 said,

I got the same email a little over an hour ago. If they really plan on moving the availability of the Surface to November 2 I will be very disappointed with Microsoft. I only did a pre-order so I would have it by the 26th as stated on their site.


And I see that you are Canuckian. A pattern is forming, and the dildos on this site don't believe despite an email to prove it...

matt95110 said,

I got the same email a little over an hour ago. If they really plan on moving the availability of the Surface to November 2 I will be very disappointed with Microsoft. I only did a pre-order so I would have it by the 26th as stated on their site.

The Canadian site originally stated that orders would ship on the 26th (and that you would get them by the 30th, but that was in the order confirmation) and this is a new arrival date, so you'd get it on Friday the 2nd instead of tuesday the 30th. (But again, now their site says that I will get it by the 26th, so I really have no idea, I hope they clarify and that I will get it on the 26th)

DClark said,
I just received an email from Microsoft Store Canada that the release date has been pushed back one week (although, people think they meant to say that just my order was pushed back by a week - fair enough).

Whatever the case is, they should know what stock was available for day one delivery. I never heard of Apple stumbling like this at a launch.

I got the email too. Sad, when I ordered it still said delivery by 30th. I hope that at least they're not compromising build quality in a rush to get units out.

primexx said,

I hope that at least they're not compromising build quality in a rush to get units out.

Lol that made my day

I bet that a huge percentage of these things will be returned once people realize that Windows RT does not run classic Windows applications that need the desktop.

Gonna be a lot of angry folks next week.

The Surface RT is pretty much useless until the Windows App store fleshes out. Could take 6 months to a year for that to happen. Seriously doubt the mainstream population has the patience for that.

Jeff Mitchell said,
I bet that a huge percentage of these things will be returned once people realize that Windows RT DOES NOT RUN CLASSIC WINDOWS apps.

Gonna be a lot of angry folks next week.

Windows RT is pretty much useless until the Windows App store fleshes out.

I think people preordering are smart enough to know that.... those of us who preordered actually want superior battery life and all the other things winRT brings. Its the future not crappy classic desktop apps.

Jeff Mitchell said,
I bet that a huge percentage of these things will be returned once people realize that Windows RT does not run classic Windows applications that need the desktop.

Gonna be a lot of angry folks next week.

Windows RT is pretty much useless until the Windows App store fleshes out. Could take 6 months to a year for that to happen. Seriously doubt the mainstream population has the patience for that.

I bet you are wrong.

jagowar said,

I think people preordering are smart enough to know that.... those of us who preordered actually want superior battery life and all the other things winRT brings. Its the future not crappy classic desktop apps.

I agree that it's the future. Problem is people want to use these things right now and the Metro app ecosystem is not there. I've been using the Windows 8 preview versions since February and Metro apps get boring fast. There's only so many times I can look at the Weather app.

Metro apps have a long way to go and I'm not sure the general public has the patience to let them get there. I'll be happy to be wrong.

Jeff Mitchell said,
I bet that a huge percentage of these things will be returned once people realize that Windows RT does not run classic Windows applications that need the desktop.

Gonna be a lot of angry folks next week.

The Surface RT is pretty much useless until the Windows App store fleshes out. Could take 6 months to a year for that to happen. Seriously doubt the mainstream population has the patience for that.

I don't know how you pre-order a product online that you've never seen before, no reviews exist, for a brand new product brand and not have the slightest idea what you are getting into.

Or maybe you are easily parted from your money. Who knows...

dagamer34 said,

I don't know how you pre-order a product online that you've never seen before, no reviews exist, for a brand new product brand and not have the slightest idea what you are getting into.

Or maybe you are easily parted from your money. Who knows...

I haven't pre-ordered anything, so I've not been parted with any money. There's no way in hell I'd buy a Surface RT...Surface Pro, maybe, but only after reading reviews and trying a display model.

I suppose most who've pre-ordered know what they're getting. I bet though that there's a few that don't.

Jeff Mitchell said,
I bet that a huge percentage of these things will be returned once people realize that Windows RT does not run classic Windows applications that need the desktop.

Gonna be a lot of angry folks next week.

The Surface RT is pretty much useless until the Windows App store fleshes out. Could take 6 months to a year for that to happen. Seriously doubt the mainstream population has the patience for that.

You are a f*** Id**T but I guess we will always have Trolls roaming around.

Jeff Mitchell said,
I bet that a huge percentage of these things will be returned once people realize that Windows RT does not run classic Windows applications that need the desktop.

Gonna be a lot of angry folks next week.

The Surface RT is pretty much useless until the Windows App store fleshes out. Could take 6 months to a year for that to happen. Seriously doubt the mainstream population has the patience for that.

Actually not, first major preorder folks know what is RT and those who don't will be pleasantly surprised by the full OS experience and awesome UI than any tablet in market. All mostly used Apps already available and more following

Jeff Mitchell said,
I bet that a huge percentage of these things will be returned once people realize that Windows RT does not run classic Windows applications that need the desktop.

Gonna be a lot of angry folks next week.

The Surface RT is pretty much useless until the Windows App store fleshes out. Could take 6 months to a year for that to happen. Seriously doubt the mainstream population has the patience for that.

The average consumer doesn't immediately buy an untested/unreviewed product from a website. They go into stores and push buttons and ask questions. People that preorder know what they're getting.

It's really simple though to explain: RT only does apps from store, Pro does that plus all the old stuff. Choose wisely.

I wonder why you people are against Jeff Mitchell. He has the same point of view as I do. Microsoft has yet to publicly differentiate between Win RT and Win 8. When they see the desktop, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player, non-tech-savy users will try downloading Firefox or Google Chrome. Hell, they will even try installing VLC to no avail.

A quite explanation should come forth, at least on the box of the Surface.

jagowar said,

I think people preordering are smart enough to know that....

People that preorder any product without testing (or without reading objectives reviews) is pretty silly(*), or you could say, guinea pings.

(*) silly is not the exact word that i am thinking.

Jose_49 said,
I wonder why you people are against Jeff Mitchell. He has the same point of view as I do. Microsoft has yet to publicly differentiate between Win RT and Win 8. When they see the desktop, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player, non-tech-savy users will try downloading Firefox or Google Chrome. Hell, they will even try installing VLC to no avail.

A quite explanation should come forth, at least on the box of the Surface.

You lost the consumer argument at VLC.

Jose_49 said,
I wonder why you people are against Jeff Mitchell. He has the same point of view as I do. Microsoft has yet to publicly differentiate between Win RT and Win 8. When they see the desktop, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player, non-tech-savy users will try downloading Firefox or Google Chrome. Hell, they will even try installing VLC to no avail.

A quite explanation should come forth, at least on the box of the Surface.

You lost the consumer argument at VLC.

Franklin Lee said,
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Good thing I got two on the first day they opened pre-orders.
My little boy is going to be so happy come christmas.

aviator189 said,

Good thing I got two on the first day they opened pre-orders.
My little boy is going to be so happy come christmas.

It's people like you that's ruining it for that guy! ahhah jk

aviator189 said,

Good thing I got two on the first day they opened pre-orders.
My little boy is going to be so happy come christmas.

It's people like you that ruin everything for the good guy eBay resellers!!!! </s>