Pre-order supplies of the 32GB version of the Surface tablet have sold out of Microsoft's US online store.
The Surface tablet won't be released for another week but Microsoft has already exhausted supplies of the entry-level models of the Surface Tablet in under 24 hours.
Yesterday Microsoft began taking pre-orders for its Surface Tablets. The low-end $499 model that doesn't include the much hyped keyboard-cover is now officially on backorder on Microsoft's US website.
The other two tablet models are still available, however, and will cost customers upwards of $599. The shortages look to only be affecting US customers. A check of the Microsoft store's UK website shows all three models currently in stock at the time of this writing.
Microsoft's good news comes as analysts begin calculating expected sales figures for the upcoming tablets.
A recent Morgan Stanley note to investors, uncovered by Barrons, estimated that Microsoft could sell as many as three million Surface tablets by the year's end. The note written by Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt said the tablet's price point keeps it competitive with Apple's iPad.
Microsoft will need to push out a lot of tablets if it wants to dethrone Apple's reign over the market. According to a recent study by research firm IDC, the iPad controls 68 per cent of the tablet market. Apple reportedly sold over 17 million of tablets during the second quarter of 2012.
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