The Microsoft Surface RT tablet became available for pre-order back on October 16th and we've seen select model's availability (or shipping date) shift from October 26th to shipments not expected for up to three weeks. We're seeing this happen in various regions and in some cases effecting all three Surface RT options.
Microsoft's online store for the U.S. Market is no longer listing any of the three Surface RT options as being available on October 26th. Shipping estimates range from "within three weeks" for the 32GB model and "1-2 weeks" for the 32GB and 64GB models that come with covers.
We've even had one tipster report receiving notice from Microsoft asking they pick up their Surface on the October 27th instead of the October 26th launch date. Not sure if this is due to holding inventory for walk-in customers on the 26th or that pre-order shipments to the store have been delayed. We'll try to get clarification on this one.
We still don't know what this represents as far as sales numbers are concern but based on the changes in the shipping date estimates, it looks like most are opting for the 32GB Surface RT without the cover. Regardless, it's nice to see the Surface's preorders doing well and hopefully demand will remain high and Microsoft's assembly line can keep up with the pace.
Thanks, everyone, for the tips!