Microsoft made a splash in cyberspace this morning when it temporarily revealed pre-order pricing for its Surface RT tablet line, only to inexplicably pull the listing offline. Well, once you let the cat out of the bag on the Internet, there's no putting it back in, so either Microsoft caved, or it was planning to go live with the pre-order site all along. Either way, the pre-order page is now back online, presumably for good.
As we reported earlier, you can snag a 32GB Surface RT tablet sans Touch Cover for $499, or $599 with the black Touch Cover included. Be aware that there does appear to be a typo on the $499 model. If you select that model and scroll down to where it lists what's in the box, Microsoft claims it comes with a Touch Cover. It doesn't -- that's a $100 add-on.
You can also purchase a 64GB model, with Touch Cover, for $699. Other items up for pre-order on the site include a white Touch Cover for $119.99 and a Surface Type Cover for $129.99, the latter of which is available in white, red, black, blue, or pink. Alternately, there's a separate page where you can pre-order Touch Covers and Type Covers (the Type Cover, in case you're wondering, is a little bit thicker and includes a full row of Function keys integrated into the media controls), along with other accessories (HD Digital AV Adapter, VGA Adapter, and 24W Power Supply, each of which runs $39.99).
Regardless of what you order, Microsoft promises to have your item(s) delivered on October 26, 2012, the same day Windows 8 launches.