TABLET UPSTART Microsoft has claimed that its upcoming Surface tablets, the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, are "close to selling out".
With no published sales figures to prove or back up this vague statement, Microsoft tweeted the claim from its Developer Twitter account, apparently to encourage developers to write Windows 8.1 apps.
Whether the Surface Pro is close to selling out, or not - the latter perhaps being more believable after the poor sales of the original Surface tablets last year - one thing is clear. Microsoft is desperate for Windows 8.1 apps, and could be struggling to amass a good number before the launch of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in October. Either that, or Microsoft learned its lesson and didn't build many tablets this time around.
Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are close to selling out. All those buyers are gonna need apps. Your move: http://t.co/YGWmjklfuB— Microsoft Developer (@msdev) October 4, 2013
Pre-orders for both refreshed Surface tablets began on 24 September.
Microsoft unveiled the Surface devices last month, touting an Intel Haswell chip, better battery life and updated detachable keyboard covers in the hope that they will replace the laptop.
Aimed at being productive machines for users, Microsoft's tablet range has been updated physically by improving its kickstand and giving it "dual angle" support so it sits better on surfaces.
Starting at £719, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 will arrive in 64GB and 128GB internal storage models with 4GB of RAM, and in 256GB and 512GB internal storage models with 8GB of RAM. It will go on sale towards the end of October.
The Surface 2 tablet will be available in 32GB and 64GB configurations starting at £359 when it launches in the UK on 22 October.
Both Surface tablets will come with 200GB of Skydrive cloud storage for two years for free, and will have a number of accessories available, which will cost extra, of course. µ