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posted: 10/17/2012 1:54 PM

Microsoft sold out of $499 Surface ordered early online?

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  • Microsoft's new Surface tablet computer will start at $499 when it goes on sale Oct. 26. The price matches that of Apple Inc.'s iPad, the most popular tablet computer.

      Microsoft's new Surface tablet computer will start at $499 when it goes on sale Oct. 26. The price matches that of Apple Inc.'s iPad, the most popular tablet computer.
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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 yesterday 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.

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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 the 26th.

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