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Microsoft Surface tablet ship dates are getting longer

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Last week, Microsoft started taking preorders for their new Surface RT tablets. On the same day they went on sale, at least one model showed a shipment time of three weeks. Now, other models are beginning to show a longer ship date.

The 32 GB, $499 Surface RT model seemed to sell through the pre-order quantity quickly. Recently, the models with the Touch Cover, both 32 GB and 64 GB, began showing an order for shipment time of one to two weeks. These models are priced $100 and $200 higher than the $499 base model. However, they provide a slight discount to those who wish to add on the keyboard, which is priced at $129.

In a statement provided to CNET, Microsoft shared: “Regardless of online availability, beginning Oct. 26, 2012, all three Surface SKUs will be available for purchase at all Microsoft Store locations in the United States and Canada, including in all 34 new holiday stores.”

While the Microsoft Surface RT tablet runs a version of Windows 8, it does not have an Intel-based chip, and can not run older Windows software. If you are looking for an alternative to the iPad or the many Android tablets out there, this may be an option to try. If you would like or need a tablet that runs older software, you will need to wait until early 2013 when Microsoft releases the Surface with Windows 8 Pro.

If you are interested in locating one of Microsoft stores and try out the tablet on October 26, visit the Microsoft store page.

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