Only way to get one in time for launch is to visit a Microsoft store on Friday.
Microsoft's inventory for pre-launch supplies of its Surface RT tablet is now completely sold out. In the United States, both the $599 32GB and $699 64GB models that come equipped with a Touch Cover are now shipping one to two weeks after ordering.
The Surface RT's $499 32GB model, which is the least-expensive variant of the tablet and excludes the cover/keyboard add-on, has been sold out since last Wednesday. A day after Microsoft commenced pre-orders on the device, its shipping status was delayed to three weeks.
Elsewhere, Microsoft's Canadian, French, German and U.K. stores have also sold out of Surface RT models. Both the Canadian and U.K. online stores list a delay of one to two weeks for the two more expensive versions that come after the $499 variant, which is "Temporarily sold out." The French and German stores, meanwhile, confirmed all models have been back-ordered by one to two weeks.
If you now wish to obtain a Surface RT model without waiting for the delay, your only option is to pop into a Microsoft store on Friday.
While pre-order buzz doesn't necessarily showcase a device's commercial breadth in the long term, Microsoft has reportedly placed orders ranging from 3 to 5 million for Surface for the rest of 2012.