Microsoft Surface pre-orders now open

 

With prices leaking earlier today, it was only a matter of time when Microsoft officially opened pre-orders for the Surface. The pre-order page first went live in Germany and we expect the US to follow at any point.

According to the site Microsoft will have your Surface delivered by the official launch of October 26th, so there is a good chance you'll have your tablet in your hands on launch day. Apart from orders through the website, you should be able to also pick up a Surface from Microsoft pop-up holiday stores in locations throughout North America, as well as permanent Microsoft Stores.

Naturally, the Surface launches with Windows RT installed, plus the Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview. In the fine-print you can see the Preview version of Office will be upgraded through Windows Update at a later date, free of charge.

Below is the full spec list for Surface with Windows RT: 

 

  • Software - Surface with Windows RT comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (2) (which includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote)

  • Exterior - 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches, 1.5 pounds, VaporMg casing, dark titanium color, volume and power buttons

  • Storage - 32 GB (3); 64 GB

  • CPU - NVIDIA T30, 2 GB of RAM

  • Wireless - Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology

  • Cameras - Two 720p HD cameras, front- and rear-facing

  • Audio - Two microphones, stereo speakers

  • Ports - Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card slot, headset jack, HD video out port, cover port

  • Sensors - Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass

  • Power Supply - 24W power supply

  • Warranty - One-year limited hardware warranty

  • Apps (included) - Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (2) (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote), Windows Mail and Windows Messaging, SkyDrive, Windows Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Xbox Games

 

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Big problems ordering Surface. From within Belgium (and other countrie too says MS support) we cannot access the UK, DE or FR store.

So no ordering for us for now. Order through phone is not possible as the experience problems with their system.

Another problem, I live in Belgium, however i type QWERTY not AZERTY (standard here in BE). There is no option to change the keyboard locale through the ordering process, grrrr...

MS support says that i should all work in acouple of days. But i think i will have to order in UK (if that will be possible) to get the correct keyboard and order a power adapter in DE or FR. to get the right connector to hook it up to the electricity net...

I already spent severeal hours on the phone and I had to use a proxy that hides my ip to access the FR DE and UK sites. There the keyboard is specified as AZERTY, QWERZ and QWERTY with no option to change. However, sadly i cannot order wheb using the proxy...

Not happy that we can only have a black cover with the purchase.. if i want the 32 gb one, i can get away with buying the cover seperate for $20 more and a color of my choice. But if i want a 64 GB model im stuck with paying for a black cover. I want another color!!

Too expensive. They better hope the iPad mini isn't priced less or they are in trouble. I was kind of looking forward to getting one too, but about $100 more with the keyboard? lol no. I'll just stick with my CR-48 until the price comes down. I surely hope they didn't forget black Friday is rolling around the corner? Poor Microsoft...

And then the Pro is just going to be an awkward sell when it comes out because people are going to have to figure out what the difference between RT and Pro is after they already have RT in their mind. So people will have this preconceived notion that all of these Win 8 tablets can't run your native applications even if the Pro is completely different hardware.

On the other hand, it is good the Microsoft has entered the tablet space properly meaning that they have their own tablet OS and not Windows 7 just put on some random tablet. Options are always a plus.

What a mess. I guess we will see the sales numbers come holiday season though.

Oguz said,
No GPS on both Surface??? I can't find it on the specs.

If thats the case I wont buy one even if @ Nexus 7 price

Oguz said,
No GPS on both Surface??? I can't find it on the specs.

Yeah, lack of GPS/cellular is a deal breaker compared to the iPad. We all must be missing something somewhere...or they are.

So, still confused on the Touch vs Type covers. The only difference is the row of Function keys for an extra $130?

Dashel said,
So, still confused on the Touch vs Type covers. The only difference is the row of Function keys for an extra $130?

Touch Cover is flatter and doesn't give you the feel of pushing down on a key.

Type Cover isn't quite as thing, but has traditional style keys that give you that more tactile feel and feedback as you press one down and let it come back up.

Are these going to be compatible with WP7 apps? From the paltry selection on my Windows 8 desktop, I don't see the draw. I'm guessing the big devs have been holding-back, and the floodgates will open soon - or this is a fancy picture-frame.

The Pro - as a hi-res tablet/PC hybrid, seems vastly more interesting. Still the same app-mountain to climb tho. I imagine that Android-emulator s/w will be quite useful.

So, am I the only one who's wondering why there's no builtin 3G-Modem? Was 100% confident to buy one at launchday, but without 3g it's useless.

No red touch keyboard for Europe, so I'm gonna pass. MS hasn't changed a bit, if you don't live in America then you are a second class customer.

Ordered one. It sucks that you have to buy a proprietary $40 cable to get HDMI out, though. A shame they just didn't use mini-HDMI. The ******* have taken a cue from Apple.

The only thing I didn't like was that I couldn't order the 64GB without Touch Cover so I could just upgrade to Type Cover. But in all honesty I was going to probably get Touch Cover first anyways, just to see how it went and if it would have been good enough.

FYI to Bank of America customers in the US w/ a BoA Credit Card. They're offering 5% cash back on purchases from Mircosoft store through the Add it up program. Thats at least $25. Might want to put this on your BoA card if you've got it.

This is the price?

Microsoft, please don't try to copy Apple's pricing system.

You don't have the cult base
You don't have the eco-system
You don't have the brand recognition

Good luck selling that for $499/479.

elloco07 said,
Does anyone know if the RT version there is a file explorer to view and run files from a USB external drive?

File management is one of the reasons they still give you access to the desktop on the RT version, so yet you can use file explorer (windows explorer).

I want one so bad, but i really should wait to see what the Pro looks like. I could really use the full windows functionality

Showed pricing to my staff...... 4 out of 10 said I am buying the iPad now. 3 said, I won;t get anything. 1 is going to preorder today, 1 is undecided.

$499 without keyboard... Why leave the Apple Scosytem.

MikadoWU said,
Showed pricing to my staff...... 4 out of 10 said I am buying the iPad now. 3 said, I won;t get anything. 1 is going to preorder today, 1 is undecided.

$499 without keyboard... Why leave the Apple Scosytem.


Showed it to a bunch of co-workers, they said they already have an iPad or Android Tablet. Absolutely no interest in the Surface here.

MikadoWU said,
Showed pricing to my staff...... 4 out of 10 said I am buying the iPad now. 3 said, I won;t get anything. 1 is going to preorder today, 1 is undecided.

$499 without keyboard... Why leave the Apple Scosytem.

Prefer the Metro UI system
Prefer the windows ecosystem
like USB ports
expandable memory
deep integration with live services
xbox music
dual stereo speakers
XBox live games
Not dealing with itunes and being tied to one computer without a lot of fart arsing around

I think it comes down to personal choice, im not advocating one over the other (except for my gripe with itunes) just suggesting price isn't the only factor.

I do not disagree with your Points. I am a huge MS Fanboy. (Met Jobs, was very rude, Gates was far more poilte) At some point I am sure I will end up getting one. Being a Long time ZUNE User, (my alltime favorite MS Product and Software) I am just affraid of a repeat.

As you know many people are entrenched in the Apple Ecosytem already. You have to give they major incentive to change. With the possibilites of the recession hiting hard again, Money will be a major factor.

.Neo said,
What's the screen resolution?

Surface's 1366-by-768 resolution sounds skimpy compared to the iPad‘s 2048-by-1536 “Retina” screen. But a Microsoft researcher argued at length that Retina displays aren't inherently superior. For one thing, he said, aging eyeballs can't always tell the difference. For another, like the iPhone 5-but unlike the iPad-Surface uses a touchscreen that's been bonded directly to the LCD. That improves contrast and reduces reflection, permitting Retina-like clarity without the Retina display's battery-sapping tendencies.

Read more: http://techland.time.com/2012/...urface-price/#ixzz29TX3RSrI

Osiris said,

Surface's 1366-by-768 resolution sounds skimpy compared to the iPad‘s 2048-by-1536 “Retina” screen.


Because it is. The Surface RT's resolution in competitive with the latest 7" "reader" tablets (Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD, Nexus 7) and gets beat by they large ~9" variations which are significantly cheaper. These things are priced to high to rapidly grow a brand new ecosystem vs. established ones.

Osiris said,

Surface's 1366-by-768 resolution sounds skimpy compared to the iPad‘s 2048-by-1536 “Retina” screen. But a Microsoft researcher argued at length that Retina displays aren't inherently superior. For one thing, he said, aging eyeballs can't always tell the difference. For another, like the iPhone 5-but unlike the iPad-Surface uses a touchscreen that's been bonded directly to the LCD. That improves contrast and reduces reflection, permitting Retina-like clarity without the Retina display's battery-sapping tendencies.

Read more: http://techland.time.com/2012/...urface-price/#ixzz29TX3RSrI


what else can they say? its the worst resolution for a 10 inch

still1 said,

what else can they say? its the worst resolution for a 10 inch

The Verge reports that the display is gorgeous.

McKay said,
When are the pros coming out?

OEM devices rocking full win8 will be available at launch but the MS specific surface pro will not be out till january/q1 next year.

This is a premium item. It is light years ahead of Kindle, with a build quality that's right up there with the iPad. You pick: cheap plastic crap, or premium device with fit and finish. Which one do you prefer? You have to pay for either one, you don't get something for nothing!

When the us ones go live, I'm definitely going to pluck down two pre-orders for christmas.
I know my niece wants one as well.

So the lowest price converted to £ is £387.

My question is with Windows 8 RT you cant run x86 apps but there is a windows desktop? is that correct? or do you just have the moden UI?

Richard Cousins said,
So the lowest price converted to £ is £387.

My question is with Windows 8 RT you cant run x86 apps but there is a windows desktop? is that correct? or do you just have the moden UI?


You have a desktop in RT as well.

Richard Cousins said,
So the lowest price converted to £ is £387.

My question is with Windows 8 RT you cant run x86 apps but there is a windows desktop? is that correct? or do you just have the moden UI?

Correct, no x86 apps. The RT model does have the desktop for the preinstalled version of office and explorer, but you can't add anything else to the desktop.

Richard Cousins said,
So the lowest price converted to £ is £387.

Can't warrant a purchase at that price I'm afraid. El cheapo chinese android tablet for me it is

LightEco said,

Correct, no x86 apps. The RT model does have the desktop for the preinstalled version of office and explorer, but you can't add anything else to the desktop.

So I cant add applications. But could I in theory add files onto the desktop via USB? The point Im getting at is I watch lots of anme which require SRT files. Now because its RT I cant install VLC but in theory if a VLC app came out could I add the video and srt files to the hard drive via USB and then use the app to load the video and sub title file?

Richard Cousins said,

So I cant add applications. But could I in theory add files onto the desktop via USB? The point Im getting at is I watch lots of anme which require SRT files. Now because its RT I cant install VLC but in theory if a VLC app came out could I add the video and srt files to the hard drive via USB and then use the app to load the video and sub title file?

Correct.

efjay said,

Correct.

Thanks for the response. Im looking for a W8 tablet and wasnt sure if Id want the RT or Pro version but if I can do the above the RT version will do me fine because if MS weren't releasing a tablet I would get an iPad. I also have friends who are not buying iPads and are waiting for the surface after my recommendations of the added functionality you get over an ipad

Shayne Grove said,
When are the pre-orders coming to the UK is what I want to know I have my credit card at the ready!

Me too. Come on Microsoft!

Nice! Guys this is more important! Surface RT battery life will be 8 hours in normal usage and 7 to 15 days in Connected-Standby mode.

Windows4live said,
Nice! Guys this is more important! Surface RT battery life will be 8 hours in normal usage and 7 to 15 days in Connected-Standby mode.

ouch, pro versions are already promoting 7-8hrs continuous use...thought RT would do better than that =\

Windows4live said,
Nice! Guys this is more important! Surface RT battery life will be 8 hours in normal usage and 7 to 15 days in Connected-Standby mode.

so more like 2-3 unless you use it with the brightness barely visible and everything turned off

the better twin said,

so more like 2-3 unless you use it with the brightness barely visible and everything turned off

Doubt its that bad but yes I am not convinced its going to make it through a long business day of usage

the better twin said,

so more like 2-3 unless you use it with the brightness barely visible and everything turned off

It's probably best to wait and see.

Osiris said,

ouch, pro versions are already promoting 7-8hrs continuous use...thought RT would do better than that =\

I guess the PRO will be the half of the time depending on what kind of CPU, I hope it's an i3/i5

daniel_rh said,

I guess the PRO will be the half of the time depending on what kind of CPU, I hope it's an i3/i5

The Pro has a bigger battery (it's thicker and heavier as a result) to make up for it's CPU, which is probably a mobile i5 chip.

~Johnny said,

The Pro has a bigger battery (it's thicker and heavier as a result) to make up for it's CPU, which is probably a mobile i5 chip.

I suspect it might be one of the more powerful Atom processors instead. Battery life is still going to be key. They might give an option of a faster one, but I am sure it would cut into battery life. If you really need that power you are probably better off getting an ultrabook with a reversible touch screen.

Ha ha those prices are such an epic fail.
130 euros for a keyboard. What is MS smoking.
I cant see any windows RT tablets selling at this point. Theyve priced them out the market.
People will just get the iPad.

the better twin said,
Ha ha those prices are such an epic fail.
130 euros for a keyboard. What is MS smoking.
I cant see any windows RT tablets selling at this point. Theyve priced them out the market.
People will just get the iPad.

I'll get it for that price.

the better twin said,
Ha ha those prices are such an epic fail.
130 euros for a keyboard. What is MS smoking.
I cant see any windows RT tablets selling at this point. Theyve priced them out the market.
People will just get the iPad.

You realize that you don't have to buy that keyboard, right? It's optional. Don't want to spend 130 euros on a cover/keyboard -- don't.

the better twin said,
Ha ha those prices are such an epic fail.
130 euros for a keyboard. What is MS smoking.
I cant see any windows RT tablets selling at this point. Theyve priced them out the market.
People will just get the iPad.

I completely agree. No matter how fine quality it is. It's not jewelry its a digital product that nevertheless a year later would be obsolete and replaced by surface 2.

A340600 said,

You realize that you don't have to buy that keyboard, right? It's optional. Don't want to spend 130 euros on a cover/keyboard -- don't.


Oh really? I thought they would hold a gun to your head and force you to pay for it .
My point was both the keyboard and the device itself are overpriced and i cant see them selling well at all.
The "click in" advertising is also pointless if you sell it without them.

A340600 said,
You realize that you don't have to buy that keyboard, right? It's optional. Don't want to spend 130 euros on a cover/keyboard -- don't.

Arguably Surface's most interesting feature right now is the Touch Cover in combination with Office 2013. When you look at it that way the €100-€130 is quite steep.

the better twin said,
Ha ha those prices are such an epic fail.
130 euros for a keyboard. What is MS smoking.
I cant see any windows RT tablets selling at this point. Theyve priced them out the market.
People will just get the iPad.

You guys are always looking for a HUGE discount. Stop being so pessimistic!

.Neo said,

Arguably Surface's most interesting feature right now is the Touch Cover in combination with Office 2013. When you look at it that way the €100-€130 is quite steep.

Don't get me wrong, as I said in another thread, the price of the Touch/Type Covers are high (too high, really) but Surface doesn't need either if not wanted. I want one, though.

the better twin said,

Oh really? I thought they would hold a gun to your head and force you to pay for it .
My point was both the keyboard and the device itself are overpriced and i cant see them selling well at all.
The "click in" advertising is also pointless if you sell it without them.

Yeah the prices for the covers are high (I'm not going to deny that) but you don't have to spend money on them if you don't want to, that was my point. I'm sure there's going to be a market for Surface covers (well, I'm hoping for that).

A340600 said,
Don't get me wrong, as I said in another thread, the price of the Touch/Type Covers are high (too high, really) but Surface doesn't need either if not wanted. I want one, though.

Where did I say the Surface explicitly needs the Touch Cover in order to function? Nowhere. I'm just saying that the Touch Cover is pretty much the most interesting feature compared to - let's say - the iPad.

.Neo said,

Where did I say the Surface explicitly needs the Touch Cover in order to function? Nowhere. I'm just saying that the Touch Cover is pretty much the most interesting feature compared to - let's say - the iPad.

I didn't say you said that. While Microsoft might be selling Surface works better with Touch/Type covers, it doesn't, so you (I don't mean YOU) need one, especially not at those prices.

the better twin said,
Ha ha those prices are such an epic fail.
130 euros for a keyboard. What is MS smoking.
I cant see any windows RT tablets selling at this point. Theyve priced them out the market.
People will just get the iPad.

What are you comparing it to? How much is a keyboard/cover for the iPad? About the same if you get a good one.

Cyborg_X said,

2013 has not yet RTM'd


Yes it has. But the version of it that runs on RT has been said to be in preview mode at release for a looong time.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Office preview? I thought Office RTM'd not too long ago.

These first RTs will already have had a golden image applied to them at the manufacturing plant so was probably too late to include final Office bits in the image. Not sure how long it would take to re-image tablets already made.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Office preview? I thought Office RTM'd not too long ago.
RTM'd last week. Clearly too late for Surface RT tablets, which would have been prepared months ago.
Hackersoft MS MVP said,

These first RTs will already have had a golden image applied to them at the manufacturing plant so was probably too late to include final Office bits in the image. Not sure how long it would take to re-image tablets already made.
They wouldn't bother. It was always in the plans - when Office 2013 goes on general availability next year, Windows RT users will be able to download it for free.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Office preview? I thought Office RTM'd not too long ago.

MS has said that Office will be updated to the final version through Windows Update.

testman said,
RTM'd last week. Clearly too late for Surface RT tablets, which would have been prepared months ago.They wouldn't bother. It was always in the plans - when Office 2013 goes on general availability next year, Windows RT users will be able to download it for free.

Microsoft have already said that RT owners will receive the final version in November via Windows Update.

Steelyuhas said,

MS has said that Office will be updated to the final version through Windows Update.

I know, but that's a horrible way to do business. I imagine a lot of these tablets will be sold for business use, and if it's using "beta" software, there's the potential for bugs to screw things up. More than likely nothing bad will happen, but what if there is, for example, an Excel bug that causes a macro to miscalculate something which then leads to somebody having a huge monetary loss? The general rule of thumb is to not sell a product unless it's running official software.

Astra.Xtreme said,

I know, but that's a horrible way to do business. I imagine a lot of these tablets will be sold for business use, and if it's using "beta" software, there's the potential for bugs to screw things up. More than likely nothing bad will happen, but what if there is, for example, an Excel bug that causes a macro to miscalculate something which then leads to somebody having a huge monetary loss? The general rule of thumb is to not sell a product unless it's running official software.

There's nothing they could do about it. Office RTM'd a few days ago, obviously Surface has already been manufactured and set up for first time use.

Steelyuhas said,

There's nothing they could do about it. Office RTM'd a few days ago, obviously Surface has already been manufactured and set up for first time use.

There's plenty they could do about it. The best option being delaying manufacturing until the software is done. Just like anybody else that follows good business practices. If the product isn't finished, don't sell it.

Astra.Xtreme said,

There's plenty they could do about it. The best option being delaying manufacturing until the software is done. Just like anybody else that follows good business practices. If the product isn't finished, don't sell it.

That's simply not possible unless they wanted to delay the release of the Surface.