Microsoft Surface $499 tablet preorder sells out, no longer available for Oct. 26 delivery

Microsoft unveiled the Surface on Monday, a new tablet computer that's expected to compete with Apple's iPad. The Surface is 9.3 millimeters thick and works on the Windows RT operating system. AP video. (June 19)

Microsoft Corp. may have sold out of the initial run of the $499 version of its Surface tablet, according to ordering information on the company's website.

The device, a 32-gigabyte machine, was offered Tuesday for a limited number of early orders ahead of the Oct. 26 release. Microsoft's orders site has gone from guaranteeing the $499 model -- the cheapest -- for delivery by Oct. 26 to requesting that customers "order now for shipment within three weeks," indicating the first batch has sold out.

The $599 model, which includes a black touch cover, and the $699 64-gigabyte Surface, also with a black cover, are still available for delivery by Oct. 26.

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