What if they threw a product launch and potential customers came -- but the product didn't?
That seems to be what's happened with the 128 GB model Microsoft's Surface Pro, which officially "launched" on February 9.
Microsoft didn't take pre-orders for either the 64 GB or 128 GB Intel-based Surface Pro devices, unlike the case with its previously launched ARM-based Surface RT devices. Because of this, a number of customers planned to go to the closest Microsoft Stores, Best Buys, Staples and Future Shops in the U.S. and Canada to try to get their hands on a Surface Pro on day one.
But once they got there, many said they discovered their stores had very few of the Surface Pro 128 GB models and in some cases, equally few of the 64 GB ones.
I received e-mails from a few readers who made treks to their local stores on Saturday morning only to discover stores received a handful, or in some cases, just one 128 GB Surface Pro. Some stores still have 64 GB Surface Pros on hand as of February 10. Users can't order these devices online via the Microsoft Store, Best Buy or Staples sites because they are "sold out."
SOURCE: Mary Jo Foley