When Microsoft announced plans earlier in the week to start selling its Surface tablet in third-party retailers, only the US and Australia were mentioned had us assuming we'd only be seeing the Windows 8 slate in UK shops in the New Year.
But we're happy to say we were wrong: in fact, head down to your nearest John Lewis this weekend and there's every chance you'll see Microsoft's Windows RT-fuelled tablet peeking back at you on the retailer's shelves.
Online shoppers can get it even quicker, with John Lewis confirming to Pocket-lint that it would start taking online orders today, ahead of the in-store rollout tomorrow.
“Always first with the latest technology, John Lewis is delighted to announce that it will be the first high street retailer in the UK to offer the Microsoft Surface from the 14 December 2012 and with a two-year guarantee included at no extra cost,” the company announced.
There are two variants on offer: the 32GB model with black Touch Keyboard at £479, or a pricier model with double the storage for £559.
Whether the wider availability will lead to a significant sales boost remains to be seen (and Microsoft probably wouldn't give us specifics even if it did). But with no physical bricks-and-mortar Microsoft shops in the UK, this represents the first chance for the buying public to actually see Microsoft's tablet in the flesh – which surely can't do any harm.