It will not be launched until October 26, but Microsoft today lifted the curtain on their Surface tablet and announced that preorders were being taken at the Microsoft Store.
Microsoft Corp. today released new details about its highly anticipated Microsoft Surface, a tablet PC designed to be the ultimate stage for Windows. In addition to pricing and market availability, the company announced a special limited-quantity pre-order for Surface with Windows RT available 9 a.m. PDT.
Surface will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 26, 2012, at all Microsoft Store locations in the United States and Canada, including in all 34 new holiday stores. In addition, Surface will be available for sale online in eight markets across the world: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The whole enchilada is available at Surface.com. The pricing appears to be designed to match Apple’s iPad while adding somewhat more hardware for the buck. That’s not a bad plan, but the question will be whether it is enough to catch up with Apple’s huge lead. As for the "ultimate stage for Windows," the Microsoft marketers need to curb the hyperbole – there might be regular business Windows customers listening.