Microsoft Surface preorders sell out, now shipping in 1-3 weeks

If you were looking to get your hands on one of Microsoft’s brand new Surface with Windows RT tablets on launch day, you’re going to have to make the drive to your local Microsoft Store. The Microsoft Store website in the US is now showing a delay of one to two weeks for the 32GB and 64GB models with the Black Touch Cover. The 32GB standalone device, of course, started showing a delay of three weeks less than 12 hours after the Surface went up for preorder on Tuesday.

While the Surface won’t be available for another six days, Microsoft promised release day delivery for the first batch of preorders. As a result, you can expect the first wave of devices to begin shipping soon in order to make it to customer doorsteps on time. If you held off on preordering your Surface online, you might have to wait a bit longer than everyone else.

It’s unclear if the shortage is due to demand or an artificial preorder limit, but Microsoft has almost certainly reserved a number of devices for its retail stores. With an estimated 3-5 million Surfaces being manufactured this quarter, the Redmond-based devices and services company appears to be off to a great start.

[Microsoft Store via Neowin]
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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/Outlook.com Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.