Update: Despite what we were told over the phone by a Microsoft Store rep, a company spokesperson has now contacted Windows Central to state that an appointment is NOT needed to demo the Surface 3 at a local Microsoft Store location. The spokesperson said, "We invite everyone to head to their local store to get their hands on Surface 3 and check it out for themselves."
Original Story: Some Microsoft retail stores in the US and Canada are letting patrons check out the just-announced Surface 3 tablet before it starts shipping May 5. However, you will have to schedule an appointment ahead of time to get to see the 10.8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet.
Rod Trent of WinSuperSite first reported about the Surface 3 appointment via his Twitter account. We have now confirmed, via a phone chat with a store rep, that while Microsoft is letting store patrons check out the tablet, they need to call ahead to set up a 30 minute appointment so the retail store employees can go over all aspects of the device.
Having to make an appointment to see and demo the Surface 3 makes sense before its launch as Microsoft Store locations will likely only have one or two of the tablets available for demo purposes before it goes on sale in early May.
Source: Rod Trent (Twitter)