Surface reservations being taken at Microsoft Store locations

Microsoft may be taking pre-orders for the Surface tablet right now at the Microsoft Store website, but there are still some people who might want to do things the old fashioned way and walk into a real store to buy the upcoming Windows RT tablet. Thankfully, Microsoft seems to have those consumer's backs.

WPCentral.com reports that a person who went to the Microsoft temporary pop-up store location at Washington Square in Beaverton, Oregon found that it was already being manned by a Microsoft Store employee. That person was giving out flyers that allow people who wanted to get a Surface tablet from the store to do so on October 26th. The flyer basically guaranteed a person a Surface tablet on its launch date if they came to the store before noon.

While there's no word if this program is the same for all of the Microsoft Store locations, it certainly seems likely. The bad news? The bundles that are on sale at the Microsoft Store website will be the same if you walk into a Microsoft Store. In other words, if you want to get the 64 GB version, you also have to get the black Touch Cover that comes with it.

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My store is about 30 mins away and the Microsoft Store location site only lists a generic info phone number. I want to get a reservation but I'd rather not drive all the way out there just to see if the pop up store is already open. I called and it was just a machine, no real person to talk to.

MidTxWRX said,
My store is about 30 mins away and the Microsoft Store location site only lists a generic info phone number. I want to get a reservation but I'd rather not drive all the way out there just to see if the pop up store is already open. I called and it was just a machine, no real person to talk to.

My pop-up store is about 40 minutes away and I'm headed there now. Gawd I hate being a tech geek. Heh.

Wyn6 said,

My pop-up store is about 40 minutes away and I'm headed there now. Gawd I hate being a tech geek. Heh.

Please report back and let us know if it's taking reservations.

MidTxWRX said,

Please report back and let us know if it's taking reservations.

Okay. I just got back home. So, I met one Product Advisor (Michael) and the Assistant Manager (Michelangelo). They told me they weren't taking reservations like the brick and mortars were. So, no passes. They said the way it would work is this... line opens at 7am Friday morning and sales start at 10am.

That's more or less it. I talked to them for about 20 minutes on various things, Michael had a Lumia 900 and worked in the Houston and Mission Viejo stores before coming to Dallas (Frisco, TX). So, he was well versed in all things Microsoft and both guys were really excited about the Surface.

As far as Michelangelo knew he was told they would receive a steady supply of devices and shouldn't run out. His words. Not mine. He also said that once WP8 was released they'd have those on display as well. And, neither of them had any knowledge of a Surface Phone.

I'm probably forgetting some things we talked about. But, I just had a cannoli. Correlation? None. But, I did just have a cannoli.

Wyn6 said,

Okay. I just got back home. So, I met one Product Advisor (Michael) and the Assistant Manager (Michelangelo). They told me they weren't taking reservations like the brick and mortars were. So, no passes. They said the way it would work is this... line opens at 7am Friday morning and sales start at 10am.

That's more or less it. I talked to them for about 20 minutes on various things, Michael had a Lumia 900 and worked in the Houston and Mission Viejo stores before coming to Dallas (Frisco, TX). So, he was well versed in all things Microsoft and both guys were really excited about the Surface.

As far as Michelangelo knew he was told they would receive a steady supply of devices and shouldn't run out. His words. Not mine. He also said that once WP8 was released they'd have those on display as well. And, neither of them had any knowledge of a Surface Phone.

I'm probably forgetting some things we talked about. But, I just had a cannoli. Correlation? None. But, I did just have a cannoli.

Are you in Dallas?
I went to the Frisco store on Sunday and they gave me a reservation card. The number on it was 001... so I'm assuming I was the first one to get a reservation. They told me the same thing. Line up at 7am, store opens at 10am.

I got an info notice from UPS yesterday, saying a package needs signature. I don't believe i have ordered anything else since this preorder. Maybe it will be here today, a week early??

I was wondering the same thing after I got this notice... "Did they ship them early?"

I highly doubt the info notice you recvd was for the Surface. If anything, I'd wager it arrives 1-2 days for some people in advance. Either way, you can go to microsoftstore.com, click on Account and order history. There you should see the status of the order "in progress", "shipped", etc.


chorpeac said,
I got an info notice from UPS yesterday, saying a package needs signature. I don't believe i have ordered anything else since this preorder. Maybe it will be here today, a week early??

I was wondering the same thing after I got this notice... "Did they ship them early?"

the_gank said,
I highly doubt the info notice you recvd was for the Surface. If anything, I'd wager it arrives 1-2 days for some people in advance. Either way, you can go to microsoftstore.com, click on Account and order history. There you should see the status of the order "in progress", "shipped", etc.


Yeah, it is "in process". It must have been a coincidence

Trust me ok. I came home yesterday from work and I found a package in front of my door that looks like the size of a screen and I started to pray b4 I even opened it (knowing that it probably isn't the Surface). I had ordered few things on amazon over the last weekend and didn't even bother tracking those cuz all I want to lay my hands on rightnow is the thing called Surface. I'm just excited for the build quality and the potential of the device. At least it is different in its own ways and anyone might assume it's a 'me-too iPad' until they see it w/the colorful cover, the kickstand, and colorful screen. Then the quest to know what kind of tablet begins from there.

chorpeac said,

Yeah, it is "in process". It must have been a coincidence

Apparently Microsoft is channeling Henry Ford as well as Steve Jobs these days. :-D frankly I didn't want a black cover with my preorder either. I'm planning on taking mine to the Bellevue, Wa Microsoft Store launch day and asking to swap it. So far Microsoft's policy has been to "make it right" when I've had issues this year with other purchases I made through the Microsoft Store.

That's a good plan, I imagine tons of black ones for sale cheap on Ebay too. MS needs to open more stores to save us from Best Buy. I wonder how the stores do in the profit department, havn't seen any of those numbers...

Timan said,
Store is a few hours away, still debating on driving up for the launch... nothing better to do

store is 0.6 miles away maybe I'll see you there

I'm surprised there are no Surface shipment tracking threads since sometimes big companies deliver preorder products before expected launch dates. And the Microsoft Store online specifically says "Pre-order release date: your order will be delivered by 10/26" which to me means it will definitely ship before 10/26 and it could possibly come before 10/26.

Sionic Ion said,
I'm surprised there are no Surface shipment tracking threads since sometimes big companies deliver preorder products before expected launch dates. And the Microsoft Store online specifically says "Pre-order release date: your order will be delivered by 10/26" which to me means it will definitely ship before 10/26 and it could possibly come before 10/26.

Thats an interesting point you make. There is still a week to go, so I am guessing that we may see some popping up before the 26th.

Sionic Ion said,
I'm surprised there are no Surface shipment tracking threads since sometimes big companies deliver preorder products before expected launch dates. And the Microsoft Store online specifically says "Pre-order release date: your order will be delivered by 10/26" which to me means it will definitely ship before 10/26 and it could possibly come before 10/26.

some shippers, like UPS actually delay shipments so they show up on the scheduled delivery date even if it was shipped from 10 miles away, if it was a 3 day delivery, it will take 3 days if the delivery date is fixed