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The photo above, submitted by a GeekWire reader, shows the scene at the Microsoft Store in Seattle’s University Village about an hour ago, as people waited in the rain for the new Surface Pro tablet.

Yes, this is Microsoft Country, but even considering that, this is a positive early sign for the Microsoft tablet, combined with the fact that the 128 GB version is selling out online. We’re hearing that the wait is upwards of 45 minutes to get inside, so if you head down there, prepare accordingly.

[Update. 1 p.m.: This was the estimate from a clerk at the store a couple hours ago, but see the comment below from a reader in line who says the wait is now actually at least 2 hours.]

It looks like a large number of people have been waiting for the Intel-based Surface Pro, which is an actual Windows 8 PC, unlike the ARM-based Surface RT, which doesn’t run legacy Windows apps.

Anyone else in other parts of the country seeing similar lines for the Surface Pro?

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