More Surface Pros due by Saturday, Microsoft says

Additional stock of the Surface Pro tablet will arrive by the weekend. The 128GB model had sold out immediately online at retail stores.

More Surface Pros due by Saturday, Microsoft said today.
Expect more Surface Pros due by Saturday. Brooke Crothers

Fresh shipments of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets will hit stores later this week.

New stock will arrive at Best Buy, Staples, and Microsoft stores, Panos Panay, who heads the Surface team at Microsoft, tweeted in response to questions during a scheduled winchat today.

"We are shipping more 64gb now to BBY, Staples, MS Store and online. 128gb at BBY and MS Stores by Saturday," he tweeted.

This comes after prospective buyers complained about the supply shortfall.

The 128GB model sold out immediately online at retail stores. And Best Buy in some cases had stock of only a few units, according to many anecdotal accounts.

"Where was the mistake made on estimating demand for the 128gb at launch? Why were there no MS preorders online?," asked one participant today in the winchat.

That question and others like it, however, were basically ignored during the winchat.

The 128GB Surface Pro sold out immediately online and in short order at most Microsoft stores after it went on sale Saturday.

"There continues to be great demand. We're working hard to restock so we can reach as many customers as soon as possible," Panay tweeted today.

Microsoft's tablet is one of the few PC products , if not the only one, in the last few years to spawn lines outside of stores.

The Pro is priced at $899 for the 64GB model and $999 for the 128GB version. More about the specs and pricing here .

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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