Microsoft announced that it would produce five million Microsoft Surface tablets for the October 26th launch. Apparently they can’t produce them fast enough because some customers in Canada and in the UK are reporting that the expected ship date of their pre-orders have been delayed from October 26th to November 2nd. A reason for the delay was not provided and Microsoft has yet to comment on the matter. While a one week delay isn’t the end of the world, I’m sure there are quite a few not so happy campers out there. Hopefully the delays do not get extended.
I ordered my Microsoft Surface RT one minute after the pre-orders went live so I expect to still receive my Surface RT on time. If you didn’t pre-order a Surface from the Microsoft Store already and you still want to purchase one on October 26th, you can always try picking up one at your local Microsoft Store. You can still order one online but Microsoft is currently showing the $499 as shipping in three weeks while the other models expect to ship in 1 to 2 weeks.
Shipping delays indicate strong demand for Microsoft Surface Tablets
One positive thing to note about the current back orders and delays is that there appears to be good demand for the Microsoft Surface tablets. This is good news as the Microsoft Tablet faces stiff competition from the iPad and from Android tablets. Microsoft also has to contend with other manufacturers of Windows 8 Tablets. For the same $499 price, customers can buy an Acer Iconia W510, which is compatible with Windows 8. As you know, the Microsoft Surface RT runs Windows RT which is not compatible with Windows 8 (see Windows RT vs Windows 8). Whether you choose the Surface or another Windows 8 Tablet, it’s still a win for Microsoft. Microsoft is attempting to launch a new platform in an already crowded tablet market and it appears they are off to a good start.
Did you pre-order a Microsoft Surface? Do you plan to pick up one on launch day? Still skeptical about Windows Tablets? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.[box_alert]Update: A spokesperson Microsoft said yesterday that the emails sent to customers about shipping delays were incorrect. Per Microsoft, “all customers should expect their devices by the original date given.” Microsoft will follow up with customers to confirm that their shipping dates have not changed.[/box_alert]