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Surface delayed, Microsoft offers £50 compensation

Pre-ordered Microsoft Surface tablets are shipping later than expected, so the big M is dishing out vouchers to say sorry.

The bad news: some customers who pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface tablet PC will have to wait next week until it arrives, Engadget reports.

The good? Microsoft is offering a £50 voucher as compensation to anyone inconvenienced. So at least anyone left waiting can get some new software and accessories to beef up their machine.

Surface was supposed to launch on Friday, the same day as Windows 8.

A note from Microsoft reads: "As stated at the time of order, we expect customers in the UK to receive their Surface devices between Oct. 26 and Oct. 30. We apologize for any confusion caused by subsequent emails stating an earlier or later arrival date. To make up for any inconvenience, we would like to offer you a single use coupon for up to £50 off your next purchase from Microsoft online store."

The offer only applies to pre-orders. If you want to get your hands on a Surface now, it's bad news I'm afraid. Both 32GB models (with and without the Touch Cover) will ship in three weeks. The 64GB version is ready to go now, but will set you back £559.

If you're looking for a new Windows 8 PC, meanwhile, check out our guide, which should give you a good idea of the various models available. And for everything Windows 8, head on over to our handy page telling you where to find all the info you could need, and more. Here's how Windows took over the world, for example.

Have you got Windows 8 but want Google search instead of Bing, and Chrome instead of Internet Explorer? Head to to see how to… well, it should be pretty self-explanatory.

Here's a cheeky video demonstrating the process.

What do you make of Windows 8? Have you got your Surface tablet yet? How do you think it compares against the iPad and Android tablets? Let me know below, or on Facebook.