International Surface orders not delayed says Microsoft

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imageAndy wrote us complaining:

I pre-ordered the 64GB Surface minutes after it went on sale in Canada, and I just got an email notification from Microsoft saying my order will not ship until November 2nd. I’m wondering if I’m the only one, or if all 64GB models have been delayed, or if Microsoft is screwing customers outside the US to fulfil US orders. Might be worth looking into.

It turns out he was one of many who received such emails, saying their Surface tablet orders would no longer be delivered on the 26th October.

Now Microsoft has admitted that these emails have been sent in error to non-US buyers, telling Engadget:

Unfortunately, an incorrect email was sent to several of our international customers who pre-ordered Surface from the Microsoft Online Store in the past week. All customers should expect their devices by the original date given when orders were placed. Microsoft is following up with customers to confirm their original shipping date remains unchanged, and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.

The hiccup has been a slight mar on what has otherwise been a smooth process. Lets hope it is the only one.

Update: Microsoft has now also sent a follow-up email to those who were mistakenly informed of a delay, saying:

Due to an internal processing issue, we mistakenly sent you an email indicating the shipment date for your order had changed. That email was incorrect. Your expected shipping date has not changed.

Thanks Andy and Mark from Wp7.nl  for the tip.

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