Some Microsoft Store locations giving out Surface Pro reservation cards

With Microsoft prepping to launch the Surface Pro tablet in North America on February 9th, the folks who happen to live near a Microsoft Store retail location will be one of the first to actually get their hands on the Windows 8 Pro device. While Microsoft has still not announced any pre-order plans for the Surface Pro, it appears that people who go to their local Microsoft Store site will get a chance to reserve their place in line.

WPCentral.com got word from a tipster that at least some store locations are offering a reservation card. The card will guarantee that the person holding it will be able to buy a Surface Pro tablet on February 9th as long as they show up at the store before noon.

Microsoft did something similar for the launch of the Windows RT version of the Surface in October. The company also offered folks a way to get a free one year subscription to Xbox Music Pass, valued normally at $99.90, if they were among the first 100 people in line at their local Microsoft Store to buy the Surface RT tablet. So far, there's no word if Microsoft will have a similar incentive for the Surface Pro launch.

Source: WPCentral.com | Image via WPCentral.com

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The Sunday after iPhone 5 launch day, I called the Apple Store and they still had phones in stock, but they weren't allowed to tell me how many. I walked in a few hours later and walked out with 2 iPhone 5s (one was broken and I had to replace it the next day).

I'm really hoping the Surface Pro does not sell out quickly because I would like to walk into a Staples and walk out with one in hand on launch day. I'm hoping the higher cost will make it less attainable for the people that want it on launch day and more attainable for me since, as a Sabbath-keeper, I don't want to make the purchase until sundown. I'm not sure why MS decided to release it on a Saturday instead of Friday. It would have been much easier if they had pre-orders.

There have been tablets running a Windows OS for years that you can do 'real work' on. What is the difference with the Surface from the other previous windows tablets?

Why the excitement now? I expect its not the Metro interface right? You cant do real work in Metro, no Office there.

Edited by derekaw, Jan 29 2013, 6:36am :

derekaw said,
There have been tablets running a Windows OS for years that you can do 'real work' on. What is the difference with the Surface from the other previous windows tablets?

Why the excitement now? I expect its not the Metro interface right? You cant do real work in Metro, no Office there.


This will be one of the first worth a damn. XP on tablets was so tacky. Windows 7 was better. Windows 8 just feels right on Surface. And unless you require Outlook, Office RT will suit the needs of many. Wish this was around when I was still in college.

The rumours say that Office on iPad is on its way. I bet the rumours are true because MS can make a lot of money with Office on iPad.

The article is about Microsoft's Surface Pro, not about Apple. Why are you talking about Apple and their products? No one asked about the iPad, you shouldn't be posting about the iPad in a Microsoft article.

nohone said,
The article is about Microsoft's Surface Pro, not about Apple. Why are you talking about Apple and their products? No one asked about the iPad, you shouldn't be posting about the iPad in a Microsoft article.


Because to reserve something is to have it put aside for you because of high demand and the number one company in the world that has had lines around city blocks is the reason why one would reserve a product so you do not have to wait in the lines. But as with the surface the demand is not even remotely close to warrant reserves lol it's actually very funny to even think more then a few hundred people will even show up for launch day.

TurboShrimp said,


Because to reserve something is to have it put aside for you because of high demand and the number one company in the world that has had lines around city blocks is the reason why one would reserve a product so you do not have to wait in the lines. But as with the surface the demand is not even remotely close to warrant reserves lol it's actually very funny to even think more then a few hundred people will even show up for launch day.

and what does this have to do with posting about the iPad in a Microsoft product article? I have the Apple fanboys screaming at me if I were to do the same thing. Oh, I know, Apple fanboys are special and do not need to be held to the same standard that they set for everyone else.

derekaw said,
You know about comparisons right?

Yes, don't make them if the comparison makes Apple look bad, do use them if it will make Microsoft look bad.

This is going to be a flop just like the original surface but not AS big of a flop as it can run full windows 8 instead of the horrible windows rt.

I really do not think people are going to line up for this like they do for apple products. Launch day will sure upset a lot of people expectations .

Standing in line for a product is a tradition fabricated by Apple customers due to the sparsity of Apple Stores around the country. It has no bearing on the popularity of a product. People stood in lines miles long around the country for the original iPhone, but it sold only like 6 million in an entire year. Windows 8 sold 4 million upgrades in 3 days and no one stood in a line anywhere. With proper distribution, there's no reason to stand in a line.

The majority of customers for the Surface Pro will probably be businesses. They won't be standing in any lines. Personally I'll be buying on Feb 9 and I expect to walk right into the local Best Buy and walk out with one. If they're out, I'll head next door to Staples. If they're out I'll head to the Staples down the street. No lines necessary.

Also, just so you know, Apple often hires actors to line up in their lines. I've had a friend in a drama school before and found that out, it's truly sad but it works.

TurboShrimp said,
I really do not think people are going to line up for this like they do for apple products. Launch day will sure upset a lot of people expectations .

You mean that a group of hipsters filled with a false sense of self importance will not be lining up to discuss how they think they are better than everyone else because they stood in line for 30 minutes?

Yet another plus for the Surface!

After I saw this on wpcentral this morning I called and spoke to the manager of my local Microsoft store (Lone Tree, CO). He stated that they have not (yet) received any such cards, and to try back in a couple days. Just thought I'd chime in and possibly save someone a trip - might want to call first.

@Neotrunks: The reps are idiots. Ask to be transferred to the actual store and talk to a manager or product advisor there.