Microsoft sells out on Surface pre-order

2012-10-18 11:00
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveils the Surface, a tablet computer aiming compete with Apple's iPad, at Hollywood's Milk Studios in Los Angeles. (Damian Dovarganes, AP)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveils the Surface, a tablet computer aiming compete with Apple's iPad, at Hollywood's Milk Studios in Los Angeles. (Damian Dovarganes, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

San Francisco  - It's not only Apple that can stoke a tablet frenzy.

Microsoft has sold out of the cheapest version of its Surface tablet computer within a day of the new device being available for pre-order, it emerged on Wednesday.

The devices are due to hit shelves on 26 October but were made available for pre-order on Tuesday on Microsoft's website.

Buyers wishing to purchase the $499 basic model, featuring 32GB of memory, without the optional keyboard-cover, were informed on Wednesday that shipment would take place within three weeks. Versions with more memory or including the cover were still available for shipment on 26 October.

The Surface marks a major departure for Microsoft, which in the past has refrained from manufacturing its own computer devices, beyond the Xbox gaming console.

The tablet computers are debuting in conjunction with Windows 8, the company's new operating system, which chief executive Steve Ballmer has called the most important launch in Microsoft history.

The technology giant, whose dominance is based on software for personal computers, lags far behind Apple and Google in the market for mobile and tablet devices, which are drawing away customers from traditional computers and laptops.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    microsoft  |  mobile

linking and moving

2015-04-22 07:36 publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Wales wary of Giteau threat
LIVE: Canada 15-0 Romania
LIVE: Fiji v Uruguay
Habana proud of spirited Springboks
Traffic Alerts

Are you burning the candle at both ends? Listen to your body and your emotional reactions. Know when to slow down or stop. It is more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.