HARDWARE NEWCOMER Microsoft claims it has sold out of its 128GB Surface Pro tablet in the US just hours after launch.
Despite reports that Microsoft's Surface RT tablet hasn't been selling all that well, Microsoft said it has promptly sold out of its 128GB Surface Pro tablet. Although it hasn't yet gone on sale here in the UK, Microsoft's online store in the US is now showing the 128GB tablet as out of stock.
Gizmodo reports that Microsoft's retail stores have sold out too, as well as Best Buy and Staples.
Of course, it's unclear how many Surface Pro tablets Microsoft actually managed to shift over the weekend, so this doesn't mean that its Windows 8 tablet is outselling the iPad or Kindle Fire.
However, ex-Microsoft engineer Hal Berenson said on his blog that the firm had 'adequate' supply on the day of release, suggesting that demand exceeded expectations.
He said, "In my discussions with Microsoft Store employees last week I got the impression that they expected to have adequate supply on hand to meet first day walk-ins.
"That suggests demand was greater than expected, though of course each store could have had fewer devices on hand than they were expecting."
Microsoft did not report sales figures but said in a statement, "Customer response to the launch of Surface Pro has been amazing.
"We are working with our retail partners who are currently out of stock of the 128GB Surface Pro to replenish supplies as quickly as possible.
"Our priority is to ensure that every customer gets their new Surface Pro as soon as possible." µ
Plus the cost of ambition as moonshots eat into the coffers
Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
Did we say cuts off? We meant traps them inside their own home