Microsoft has decided not to hold its planned launch event on Friday in New York City for its Surface Pro tablet due to the incoming snowstorm that could bring up to a foot of snow in the city.
Microsoft previously had plans to hold the event at the Best Buy retail store in the Union Square section of Manhattan. The event was to be preceded by an invite only reception before the first Surface Pro tablet went on sale at that store at midnight on Friday night.
However, Microsoft's leader of the Surface team, Panos Panay, made a post on his Twitter account today announcing he would not be able to attend the event due to the snowstorm.
Given the blizzard warning for NYC area I'm super bummed I won't be able to be there to see the first #Surface Pros sold in Union Square.— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) February 7, 2013
We contacted Microsoft to find out if the entire event had been cancelled and received this response from a company spokesperson:
Surface Pro launch activities in NYC have been cancelled due to weather; our best wishes for everyone impacted by the blizzard.
The Surface Pro tablets will likely go on sale online on the Microsoft Store website early on Saturday morning, and will be able to be bought in Microsoft Store retail locations in the US and Canada on that same day, as well as Best Buy stores in those two countries and Staples stores in the US.