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Big sales numbers or simply not enough tablets?

Microsoft launched its Surface Pro tablet over the weekend. The software giant is now boasting that the Surface Pro tablet has sold out at most retail locations. Microsoft no longer shows 128 GB version of the tablet as in stock on its own online store.

Other locations including Best Buy and Staples are also sold out of the tablet. Microsoft, however, does still show that the cheaper 64 GB Surface Pro at its own online store. Selling all available units would usually indicate strong demand, however, it remains unclear exactly how many units Microsoft had available.

Business Insider reports that some posts online indicate that Best Buy and Staples locations had only a few Surface Pro tablets in stock while some locations had no stock at all. Posts to the official Surface blog also indicate that there were few tablets to be had.

One post read, "Tried every outlet that Microsoft released the Surface Pro. Cannot get my hands on the 128 GB version. My local Staples and Best Buy stores ( 2 of each ) had 2 64 GB versions for sale each and ran out by 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 9 and had no 128 GB versions at all. What is wrong with you guys at Microsoft?"

If customers are looking to score a good deal on the less capable Surface RT, Staples is offering a decent deal. Customers can now get the tablet with a $75 discount from Staples using special coupon code 99279.

Sources: Business Insider, Virtual Pants, SlickDeals

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RE: Large Stock
By ResStellarum on 2/11/2013 8:08:54 PM , Rating: 2
This is BY FAR (very, very far, acutally) the strongest selling point of the Surface Pro. You an run the vast majority of Windows apps on it

And the vast majority of Windows apps are built for the desktop interface, which means they are horrible for touch just like the Windows 7 slabs.

Even the new touch centric tile ui can't save the surface, because let's face it, it's no where near as good as Android or iOS, which were designed from ground up to be touch friendly, not some tacked on superimposition sitting on top of the old Windows 7 desktop pretending it's not.

RE: Large Stock
By Mint on 2/12/2013 1:39:18 AM , Rating: 1
You're forgetting about the stylus, probably because Apple told you to.

The stylus is a near-perfect mouse replacement for legacy apps on an ultra-mobile platform (aside from FPS games), and even has precision/control advantages. I use it with remote desktop on my Galaxy Note. You hover for mouse movement, tap to left-click/drag, and press the stylus button to right-click.

The point of Surface is that you don't have to be hamstrung by the limitations of touch in a 2lb form factor.

I'm actually pretty sure that Apple shunned the stylus for exactly this reason. The stylus would have played perfectly into Apple's creative, graphic designer image, but it also gives legacy apps a chance to survive on an ultra-mobile platform. They want to make x86 obsolete.

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