Microsoft has said it has seen strong preorder sales of its recently unveiled Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 devices, and that they could even sell out before officially going on sale.
A message on Twitter from a developer account at Microsoft said that with sales already high, developers should make sure they are building applications for the Windows 8 ecosystem.
Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are close to selling out. All those buyers are gonna need apps. Your move: http://t.co/YGWmjklfuB— Microsoft Developer (@msdev) October 4, 2013
V3 contacted Microsoft for any further insight into these preorder sales and to ask which markets are showing strong demand, but had received no reply from the firm at the time of publication.
If true, the strong interest will be welcomed by Microsoft after its first foray into the hardware market, when the original Surface tablets proved something of a flop after paltry sales of just $853m, despite a huge marketing push for the devices.
However, it is clearly determined to try and carve a space in the market and it unveiled the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 in September, boasting a raft of new software and hardware innovations to try and appeal to buyers over rivals, notably the iPad.
The devices are now available for preorder in the UK, with the Surface 2 costing £359 for the 32GB version and £439 for the 64GB version. Meanwhile the Surface Pro 2 costs between £719 for the 64GB version and £1,439 for the whopping 512GB version.
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