Microsoft Surface Pro sales officially start in US and Canada

As promised, Microsoft has started selling the Surface Pro tablet in the US and Canada today. The Microsoftstore.com site is now accepting orders for the Windows 8 Pro-based tablet, with the 64 GB version selling for $899 and the 128 GB version selling for $999.

Microsoft is also offering a $20 discount on a one year subscription to Office 365 Home Premium if you buy it alongside the Surface Pro. If you want a longer two year warranty, Microsoft will sell one with a $50 discount for a limited time.

The online store orders will soon be followed by retail sales in the US and Canada in Microsoft Store locations, as well as Best Buy stores in those two countries, along with Staples stores in the US and Future Shop stores in Canada.

In fact, if you decided to brave the blizzard in New York City, you could have joined with the line at the 24 hour Best Buy store in the Union Square location and bought a Surface Pro earlier tonight. Twitter user Michael Steineke took a picture of the line of people waiting to buy the tablet at the stroke of midnight in the store.

If you go to the Microsoft Store in Las Vegas on Saturday at noon, you will be able to not only buy the Surface Pro tablet but you will also get to see the upcoming Surface Pro TV ad before it officially debuts during the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

There's no word yet on when the Surface Pro will go on sale in other parts of the world. The Surface RT tablet, running on Windows RT, is already available in several countries and will be sold in 13 more European countries on Valentine's Day, February 14th. Surface leader Panos Panay and the director of the TV ad Jon M Chu will be attending as well.

Source: Microsoft Store | Image via Microsoft

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I don't know why people keep saying this went on sale today, because it didn't. You can't order the 128 GB version from Best Buy, Staples, or even Microsoft. And you can't go to any of them and buy it in person either. It is nowhere to be found.

Good job Microsoft. You finally built a piece of hardware people actually want and yet they can't buy it.

Funny. I read the same crap when iPods and iPhones were released... except now it's Microsoft's turn to be the villain...

Total joke. I called BB yesterday 2/8 and asked if they were taking pre orders and they said no. Was on their site since midnight and not 1 store in the entire USA has one. Staples is out also. What a dumb way to market these.

I can't find any stores that I can buy a 128GB model. They are either closed because of the snow, which wasn't all that much, or don't even carry the 128 at all.

It's actually been out of stock since very early this morning... I had checked after 1am my time (western US) and inventory was already gone on 128gb.

BloodShed said,
The 128GB is already out-of-stock everywhere.

small correction: they never were on-stock at 1st place...

Get these things in MS shops around the world, online or not.

This is effing ridiculous!! A 'global' release for the RT a half year later as in the US, and how long do we have to wait again for the PRO to emerge outside the US/Canada?

Big effing missed chance!!!!!!

It's the Chinese New Year, and I'm lead to believe that the factories tend to close down in China for an extended period of time while they celebrate. Closed factories means no production. No production means limited product to sell. When you have a known supply shortage and only enough product to really satisfy one market well until supply resumes, it makes sense to limit it to that market, then expand to further markets once the supply is...well...supplying.

Put it another way, if they did a worldwide release and you were stuck on a pre-order for over a month, would you be happier or not? Probably not, you'd whinge to high heaven that you're waiting so long in competition with those in the US, Australia, England, etc. At least this way, the US might get its fill and it'll allow for somewhat more rapid release around the world.

Let the sales of the crappiest and most expensive tablet begin! How much they will sell now - half a million?

No exact figure for Surface RT yet and general speculation is between 500000-600000 units. Considering the high price of Surface Pro and the not-so-good reputation Windows 8 and the Surface brand have for now, Pro's sale figure could be way less than RT.

Do something, Microsoft! Last time I checked, Surface has been voted as "the recommended gift for someone you have to pretend to love".

Ratros said,
Do something, Microsoft! Last time I checked, Surface has been voted as "the recommended gift for someone you have to pretend to love".

WAT

Can someone please pretend to love me and buy me a Surface Pro?

Auch2 said,
Let the sales of the crappiest and most expensive tablet begin! How much they will sell now - half a million?

There's no need to be like that.

Auch2 said,
Let the sales of the crappiest and most expensive tablet begin! How much they will sell now - half a million?

Most expensive? Jury's out on that one, but crappiest? Care to elaborate on that little bit of troll bait?

MDboyz said,
If I am not waiting for the Asus Transformer Book, I would buy the Surface pro.

Well if you can wait until May, then yeah, but these are two different devices.

Low sales in 5..4..3..2..1...........

Can someone explain to me how this tablet is better than picking up a nice ultra book for $1000? Is it really the touch interface that people need/want?

There's maybe 2-3 things that's nice about it... weight (2 lbs), touch interface, stylus included... and of course different strokes for different folks...

JHBrown said,
Low sales in 5..4..3..2..1...........

Can someone explain to me how this tablet is better than picking up a nice ultra book for $1000? Is it really the touch interface that people need/want?

More mobile, touch screen, pen digitizer, adaptable, slim, light and unique! Of course some people would prefer an ultrabook but the choice is there!

JHBrown said,
Can someone explain to me how this tablet is better than picking up a nice ultra book for $1000? Is it really the touch interface that people need/want?

I've got Windows 8 running on a Samsung Series 7 tablet, and I've got to say that (with a Bluetooth keyboard & mouse, ofc) the touch screen is actually pretty nice to have - when i'm on a regular desktop/laptop I sometimes accidentally tap the screen and sit there dumbfounded for a few seconds as to why it didn't change O.O
Though at the price point, I'm not sure if the touch screen is really worth it, especially if the ultrabooks have much better specs.

JHBrown said,
Low sales in 5..4..3..2..1...........

Can someone explain to me how this tablet is better than picking up a nice ultra book for $1000? Is it really the touch interface that people need/want?

it is nice, and although i'd like it...
I don't need it.
Call me cheap, but I buy what I need lol.

JHBrown said,
Low sales in 5..4..3..2..1...........

Can someone explain to me how this tablet is better than picking up a nice ultra book for $1000? Is it really the touch interface that people need/want?

Unless I'm missing something, it is an ultrabook... But it has a touch screen and you can use it like a tablet. It you want a true Win8 tablet then you get the RT version

128 GB sold out on Microsoft store, and Staples. No shipping available at Bestbuy.com for the 128 and 64 GB models.

Called staples and Best Buy around the area. They were all sold out of both models. The guy at Best Buy told me people have been calling all morning, and this was at 10:00 AM.

I'm not claiming it's selling in huge numbers, but they're selling what they put out there.