Will Microsoft not offer pre-orders for Surface Pro before Feb. 9th?

10 days before the official launch of the Windows RT version of Microsoft's Surface tablet in late October 2012, the company started taking pre-orders for the long awaited device on its Microsoft Store website. So you might think that Microsoft would do the same for the upcoming Windows 8 Pro version of the Surface tablet, right?

Well, maybe not. The general manager of Microsoft's Surface division, Panos Panay, has not given any indication that Microsoft will give the public a chance to pre-order the tablet online before the Surface Pro launches on February 9th. Two people contacted him via Twitter this past week asking that exact question. One of his responses came on Thursday:

It's possible that Microsoft wants to make sure that they have enough of the Surface Pro tablets to go around this time and as such they may hold off on pre-orders to make sure everyone who orders one gets one promptly. Soon after online pre-orders launched for the Windows RT version, there were immediate supply shortages for the tablet that took a few weeks to solve.

We did email Microsoft to get a comment on Panay's Twitter messages and were told by a spokesperson, "All we can share is that Surface Windows 8 Pro will be available for purchase on February 9th."

Source: Panos Panay on Twitter

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