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)

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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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