Both versions of Microsoft’s family of tablets returned earlier this week, ending a period that forced potential buyers to constantly check for stock at retail partners like Best Buy and Staples to get their hands on them.
Unfortunately, their return to the store doesn’t necessarily mean that all would-be Surface buyers can now pick up a device. Right now the site is only showing stock of the Surface 2 with 32GB of on-board storage and the 64GB of on-board storage. Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 2 is only available with 128GB, 256GB and 512 GB of storage. That means that users holding out for the more modestly priced $899 Surface Pro 2 with 64GB are still left waiting to pick up a device. The original Surface with 32GB of on-board storage without an included cover also remains sold out.
Potential buyers had asked Microsoft to share more information about Surface availability for weeks. Microsoft launched the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in October. At that time stock seemed to remain steady, however units became hard to find soon after and stayed that way throughout the holidays.
The shortage wasn’t specific to the tablets themselves either. The Surface Touch 2 Cover and Surface Type 2 Cover were also hard to find. In fact, representatives at one Microsoft Store GottaBeMobile spoke with recently mentioned that they were completely out of both covers. As of today both covers have also returned to the Microsoft Store website.
It’s entirely possible that Microsoft moved to severely limit the amount of Surfaces it produced to avoid the massive writes off that it had to take for its first-generation tablets.
Unfortunately, the Surface Dock has yet to return to the Microsoft Store website. Also, the company hasn’t shared any information about the Surface Power Cover and other accessories that it previously said would launch sometime early in the year.