Nearly two months after pre-orders began, Surface Pro 2 tablets are in short supply

Just a few days ago, we reported that the Microsoft Store website was showing that the 32GB Surface 2 and the 512GB Surface Pro 2 were "out of stock". Now it appears that while there are new units of the 32GB Surface 2 tablet to buy from the website, it is now running out of the more expensive Surface Pro 2 models.

Currently, the site is showing that the $899 64GB version, along with the $1,299 256GB and the $1,799 512GB version, are all "out of stock". The only Surface Pro 2 model that's available to buy from the site is the $999 128GB version.

It's not just this site that is currently experiencing shortages of the Windows 8.1 tablet. Best Buy's webpage also shows that the 256GB and 512GB Surface Pro 2 tablets are "sold out online." The Staples site shows that the 512GB model is out of stock as well.

Add it all up and it appears as if demand for the Surface Pro 2, especially for the 256GB and 512GB models, is outstripping supply, close to two months after pre-order for the tablets began in September. Since we will soon be entering the biggest shopping period of the year, we have emailed Microsoft to get a status report on Surface Pro 2 tablet supplies and if there will be enough to meet demand in the next several weeks.

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With the more expensive Pro models being in short supply then they're matching demand pretty closely I'd say. Without knowing exact unit sales we won't have a real idea but heck, we know the margins on all the models have to be very good so they don't have to set any sales records to bring in profits from them. I wouldn't be surprised if we get a MS statement after the holidays that says something along the lines of "Our Surface line of devices has surpassed the $1billion sales mark."

My local best buy stores has tonnes of these Surface 2 with no buyer. I don't believe these MS made numbers. If they are so honest then release the sales number but they won't do that because there is nothing impressive about the sales of Surface 2. MS already trying to get rid of Surface RT for $199 and still there are not many takers. I am sure most of it will be going in landfill anyway.

lol just because they have stock means its a fail???? all my best buys and futureshops and staples here in Canada have tons of stock on everything, win 8.1 and ios and android, does that mean they are all doing bad???? and btw the store I visited today had a lot of folk looking at windows 8 devices and no one looking at ipads or android devices.

korupt_one said,
lol just because they have stock means its a fail???? all my best buys and futureshops and staples here in Canada have tons of stock on everything, win 8.1 and ios and android, does that mean they are all doing bad???? and btw the store I visited today had a lot of folk looking at windows 8 devices and no one looking at ipads or android devices.

I went to a BestBuy a few weeks ago and noticed the same thing. Lots of people checking out Windows devices, especially Surfaces. The iPad and Android tablet sections were ghost towns.

I think Surface sales will surprise a lot of people.

TMYW said,

I went to a BestBuy a few weeks ago and noticed the same thing. Lots of people checking out Windows devices, especially Surfaces. The iPad and Android tablet sections were ghost towns.

I think Surface sales will surprise a lot of people.


I went into BB for a keyboard, and there was actually a lady buying a remaining Surface (RT). They're selling.

Auditor said,
My local best buy stores has tonnes of these Surface 2 with no buyer.

If you look on the mid-atlantic area (through Best Buy's website), there aren't any. I do not know where you are but I can go through 3 states and nothing (or a few) available. I know of one store that had gotten some in but they sold back out within 2 days.

Auditor said,
My local best buy stores has tonnes of these Surface 2 with no buyer. I don't believe these MS made numbers. If they are so honest then release the sales number but they won't do that because there is nothing impressive about the sales of Surface 2. MS already trying to get rid of Surface RT for $199 and still there are not many takers. I am sure most of it will be going in landfill anyway.

Bass ackwards, I'm afraid. The story here is that they DON'T have stock. How did you manage to twist that one around? One store has a few pieces left? Sheesh!

See my comment elsewhere about why companies don't release sales figures. And stick to your day job.

Major_Plonquer said,

See my comment elsewhere about why companies don't release sales figures. And stick to your day job.

That's funny because a lot of companies, including Microsoft, like to release sales figures shortly after their product is released to show the world how popular their product is.

It is time for Microsoft to design surface 3 pro. Based on user comment with surface 2. Including make it slimmer and cheaper

Funny, if they are selling so many then how come I have yet to see anyone with one, anywhere...not school, cafe's, libraries...I have not seen a single person with a Surface aside from a Microsoft kiosk in my local mall

I would venture to say that not only do I not know anyone with a surface but I would bet money that most of my friends do not even know what a Surface is

The Surface Pro 2 is alright but it isn't king of anything which is the problem. It doesn't make a very good tablet compared to (for example) the iPad as it is too big but it doesn't make a very good ultrabook as lacks a keyboard (even with the Type Cover it isn't good). It just doesn't really "fit" anywhere.

Microsoft needs a smaller screen Surface RT which has no desktop mode at all (just run Office RT apps fullscreen so they sort of look like Modern UI Apps) and make the Surface Pro an ultrabook with touchscreen or an ultrabook convertible.

Also out of stock in Australia in all capacities except 128GB. Loving my 256GB unit: much cooler than the 1st gen but builds on it's design and specs... The Surface 2 is an awesome improvement on the original RT.

MacOSX in a VM = winning. Better and cheaper than lugging around a MacBook Pro and it has a touchscreen + digitizer layer.

Oh, to the guy that doesn't know anyone that owns a Surface 2, pleased to meet you, I own a Surface 2. And like it.

Why can't I sort these posts "newest first" with IE 11 (occasionally it works)? Firefox has no problem with this. But anyway, Neowin, "newest first" should be the default.

Its kind of funny to go through the comments lately (not only here on neo but on all tech sites).

The surface line is for sure winning ground judging by the commenters compared to a year ago. I am a softy (I amid it, I love EVERYTHING they create) and because of that I am biased (I admit that too) but nevertheless. MUCH more defenders of the MS products then a year ago. I remember when I was researching the RT before it came out in Oct 2012. Almost all so called "reviewers" where burning this device to the ground and deeper. I bought it anyway and I actually liked it a lot. Sure it had some short comings but hey, I knew what I was buying. I actually liked it enough to buy the PRO in February and man o man what a machine. I was able to do EVERYTHING I also could do from a desktop and coming into clients offices to do maintenance on their networks was a breeze (try to that on an iPad). I liked my pro so much that when the pro 2 was available for pre-order it was the first thing what I did. Wow the wait was long but I got it on the day it was available. My expectations where pretty high for the pro2 (I bought the 256/8g) and was afraid I would be not a satisfied but this thing FLIES. Battery life MUCH improved, something I almost never read but certainly is a big improvement is the sound quality (that was my only issue with the PRO) but the 8g ram makes a huge difference.

I think MS has a winner, I would like to buy the surface 2 (for traveling) but I have not decided if it is gonna be the 2 or the 2520 from Nokia. I want to hold the 2520 first before I make that decision, the 2520 will go really nice with my Lumina 925 though :-)

Anyway,

I would like to thank all of the commenters here that are defending the pro 2 and the surface 2 because they are actually both really GOOD devices and the so called "reviewers" are many times even more a fanboy then I am

Regards
t

Ni edit here :-(

I said lumina but of course that was a typo cause of spell check Lumia 925

So, that's edited before I get all the naysayers on my neck that I don't even know how to spell the name of my own phone :-)

I had to wait for the Microsoft store to call me when they had a new batch of SP2 256mb, then rush down to get one before they sold out again. So, yes, they are selling. But I have one and it is fantastic!!

Yes, interest -and- the brand name is picking up.
I see more MS tablets around me, and all users are anonymously positive on their purchase.

My Surface Pro gets a lot of attention wherever I go. "Wow, that's pretty cool" is something I hear a lot when showing the features.

I've seen more of the original Surface RT and Surface Pro on my university campus (3rd largest in our big state), and I even saw a Surface 2 being used to show off a presentation during class. Pretty neat

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