This seems to be the new corporate way of proclaiming that their devices are so popular that they can’t keep them in stock. We do not know how many pre-launch Surface RT units were available but we do know that Microsoft has run through all of their pre-launch supplies and are now directing customers to their temporary holiday “pop-up” stores located around the country.
The Surface RT tablet features a 10.6 inch LCD screen with 16:9 aspect ratio, quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1366 x 768 resolution, 2GB RAM, USB 2.0, microSDXC, HD video out, 2 MP 720p front camera, 5 MP 720p rear camera, stereo speakers, support for 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, full-size USB connectivity, all with 8 hours of battery life. It comes with 32 GB ($499 w/o cover or $599 with cover) or 64 GB ($699 with cover) storage capacities.
There are two distinct versions of the Surface tablet – one running Windows 8 Pro and the other running Windows RT (which will only run Metro apps). The Windows 8 Pro unit, which will be released later, will have a higher 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution, can run all Windows 8 applications, and will allow digital inking with a stylus.
According to some reports, Microsoft had placed orders to produce 3-5 million tablets during the fourth quarter.