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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

February 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Surface Pro unavailable at several retailers after debut weekend

SurfacePro.pngLike the Surface RT before it, the Surface Pro, which Microsoft began selling over the weekend, seems to have sold out of some versions — or were simply unavailable — following its debut weekend.

Microsoft’s online store, for instance, lists the 128GB version as out of stock.

Best Buy lists both the 64GB and 128GB versions as unavailable for shipping; nor were they available for store pickup in any stores in the Seattle area.

Staples lists the Surface Pro as available in stores only. But the only store in the Seattle area that still had the 64GB version Monday — and low stock at that — was the Staples in Kent. The 128GB version was listed as being out of stock in Seattle-area stores.

Microsoft did not say how many Surface Pro units were available for purchase, so it’s difficult to say whether the current lack of stock is due to high demand or inadequate supply or a mixture of both.

Microsoft did issue a statement, saying: “We are pleased that the demand for the Surface Pro is so great. Our focus is to get ordered Surface units delivered to our customers as quickly as possible.”

Panos Panay, Microsoft’s general manager in charge of Surface, has been tweeting to people who were disappointed about not being able to get their hands on a Surface Pro that Microsoft is “working hard to get more Pro devices available ASAP.”

The frustration was building among some people who sent Tweets to Panay though, with some saying they were unable to place orders and others wanting clarity on when the 128GB version will be available.

(Photo of Surface Pro from Microsoft)

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