Surface RT starts shipping, Microsoft sending out confirmation emails

Less than a week ago Microsoft started accepting pre-orders for their Surface RT tablet. The device, priced at $499 for a 32GB model, seems to have sold very well with orders being backlogged for almost 3 weeks in the US and UK and even France and Germany more recently. The Microsoft branded tablet has a lot of people excited due to its unique design, special cover that doubles as a keyboard, and what seems to be a very polished and sturdy look and feel.

As WPCentral reports, Microsoft seems to have started shipping the devices, so if you are one of these early adopters you can rest assured that your tablet is only a few days away from being in your hands. As you can see in the email above, your credit card will also be charged when your device is shipped. So if you haven't received an email yet you might want to check your credit card and see if there's any activity there.

There was some confusion a few days back regarding when these pre-ordered devices would ship, with certain e-mails being sent out in error. However Microsoft quickly addressed the problem stating that all orders would ship by the original promised date which was the 26th of this month.

So there you have it folks, it's been a long and exciting ride but now Surface is just days away from being in consumers' hands.

Source: WPCentral

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my AV adapter has shipped but no word on the tablet yet. I was one of the early purchasers who were promised delivery by Oct 26. Let's see. (U.S)

ooh I can't wait to go try one! and the car door-like hinge on kickstand sounds like the quality I'm looking for!

primexx said,
Canada, not shipped yet. It's scheduled to arrive on the 30th rather than 26th =(

Canada, mine says "Pre-order now for delivery by 10/26"

Just wait until people start realizing that despite the unity in UI that none of the programs they thought would work actually will. Excuse it all you want, it WILL be a problem because of they way they are marketing it.

Hahaiah said,
Just wait until people start realizing that despite the unity in UI that none of the programs they thought would work actually will. Excuse it all you want, it WILL be a problem because of they way they are marketing it.

There isn't a problem, you want to run existing applications, buy a Surface Pro. If running existing applications isn't an issue, buy a Surface RT.

Hahaiah said,
Just wait until people start realizing that despite the unity in UI that none of the programs they thought would work actually will. Excuse it all you want, it WILL be a problem because of they way they are marketing it.

I think pretty much everyone who pre-ordered will know that Win32 programs wont run on RT. Not everyone is as stupid as you.

And MS are NOT marketing it to run desktop programs. MS also clearly state on the Surface RT page that it only works with apps from the Windows Store.

Hahaiah said,
Just wait until people start realizing that despite the unity in UI that none of the programs they thought would work actually will. Excuse it all you want, it WILL be a problem because of they way they are marketing it.

Like it or not, but all the early adopters know a thing or two about the difference between Surface RT and Surface Pro. The general public will start buying these after the reviews start coming out and the marketing picks up steam. That's when the general public will know the difference between Surface RT and Surface PRO.

I wondering if they're shipping it with that magical start menu. It's basically a brick if that UI element is hidden until you hover over the bottom left corner. All these poor soles getting a brick w/o a traditional start menu. They won't be able to use it.

MrHumpty said,
I wondering if they're shipping it with that magical start menu. It's basically a brick if that UI element is hidden until you hover over the bottom left corner. All these poor soles getting a brick w/o a traditional start menu. They won't be able to use it.

Most people that preordered it know about the new start menu. I have used windows 8 on a tablet before and its much easier to use then on a desktop.

MrHumpty said,
I wondering if they're shipping it with that magical start menu. It's basically a brick if that UI element is hidden until you hover over the bottom left corner. All these poor soles getting a brick w/o a traditional start menu. They won't be able to use it.

Oh yes, because you need a start button when there's a big hardware one sitting right at the bottom of the tablet...

Jimmy422 said,
Oh yes, because you need a start button when there's a big hardware one sitting right at the bottom of the tablet...

Pretty sure Mr. Humpty was being sarcastic.

CJEric said,

Pretty sure Mr. Humpty was being sarcastic.

Being as he didn't put the /s tag i'm just going to assume he's amazingly thick. This is the internet after all.

They will be shipping it at whatever time it takes to get it to you by Friday. That's of course if you pre-ordered in time.

scumdogmillionaire said,
YAY! So are they shipping ground or 2nd day?

Depends on the method you chose when you purchased it.

scumdogmillionaire said,

It didn't give you an option.

Exactly, I'm sure they are shipping them based on where they are going to.. Furthers destinations from the Ship From first... and closest last... you will have them on the 26th..

ShadowPHP said,
(UK) Not had an email yet to confirm delivery! C'mon Microsoft!!!

Same, although UK shipping does tend to be faster than our counterparts in the states (the upside to living in a smaller country I guess) meaning they will most likely ship ours during the next few days.

CJEric said,
Finally. I'm really curious for some real world customer reviews.

A life-changing device... the future in our hands.

Now we can all continue with everyone's miserable life, shall we?