Per the techienews article :
Microsoft has announced that its latest tablets – Surface 2 & Surface Pro 2 – have completely sold out within days of its launch because of which shipment dates of new pre-orders have been pushed back.
Unlike the not-so-awesome response that the first iteration of Surface tablets garnered, Surface 2 – as Microsoft claims – has managed to attract large number of customers including enterprise clients like Delta Airlines with its 11,000 Surface 2 order.
If the sales numbers are indeed that high, it must sound alarm bells in Apple’s camps as it gears up for the launch of its iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2. Apple has been enjoying tremendous success with its tablets and has been consistently ranking top in tablet market share charts globally. However, with the barrage of low-cost tablets from Samsung and other white-box vendors, iPads have witnessed a decline in market share recently.
Microsoft is also emerging as a prospect strong player in the tablet market with its yearly refresh cycle. If Surface Pro 2 is compared with iPad 4, the former is far better a tablet considering the full Windows 8 operating system that it runs. Further with the Type cover / touch cover attachment the Surface Pro 2 is more or less equivalent to the MacBook Air. Pricing is the only factor that may stop buyers from opting for Surface tablets as it sells its Surface Pro 2 at a starting price of $1000 when other tablets are available for as low as $300.
Microsoft will be shipping out its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 from October 21. This means that the Windows 8 maker has managed to sell out the its pre-order inventory two weeks before the tablets reach consumers. Microsoft has also revealed that new order won’t ship until October 25.