If you have not already preordered a Microsoft Surface tablet, you’re officially too late. While pre-orders for the entry-level Microsoft Surface tablet officially sold out last Wednesday, pre-order stock is now completely sold out for all models of the upcoming Windows RT tablet. If you’re still eager to get a Microsoft Surface, you’ll have to make your way to one of over three dozen Microsoft retail stores that will be selling the tablet when it launches at midnight on Friday.
Most of the Microsoft Store locations are within the United States, although a new location is set to open at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, Canada next month. Microsoft Surface retails for between $499 and $699, featuring a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 2 GB of RAM and the Windows RT operating system. A premium Microsoft Surface tablet running Windows 8 is also set to be available, capable of running full desktop programs.
With a 10.6-inch screen, full keyboard and stand, the Microsoft Surface is a unique competitor to both the iPad and netbooks. Microsoft did note that its pre-order stock of the Surface tablet would be limited, but it is still impressive that pre-orders for the tablet have completely sold out. There has been a lack of a true iPad competitor since Apple debuted the tablet almost three years ago, but perhaps the Microsoft Surface will successfully fill that void.