The Microsoft Surface Mini – The Microsoft Surface M.I.A.
So recently techENT covered the Microsoft Surface Event, and Microsoft decide to launch the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. All’s good then, but there is a gap that was left unanswered after the event and the launch of the new shiny device. You see, in the week that is leading to that event there were rumours about a smaller tablet that Microsoft would potentially announce during the Microsoft Surface Event. In fact we covered this rumour ourselves here and we expected, hoped Microsoft to announce it as well. But they decided that the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 alone should have the stage. What we are talking about is of course none other than the Microsoft Surface Mini. So what happened to the smaller form factor tablet so many were talking about? Apparently Satya Nadela, CEO of Microsoft decided with Stephen Elop, Microsoft’s EVP of Devices and Services, that the smaller factor tablet cannot compete with other competing 8” tablets and therefore effectively scrapping the launch on the day. Meant to be an 8” Windows tablet, the pair from Microsoft referred to it as “just another tablet”. They mentioned that the Microsoft Surface Mini won’t be unique enough to compel the interest of buyers and also to compete with the likes of the iPad Mini. Another reliable source from inside Microsoft itself did say that Microsoft is working on plenty of things for the tablet platform and they are working on all form factors and screen sizes. This isn’t saying that there would be Microsoft Surface Mini or whether or not it is in the works. To be straightforward this statement from the source isn’t saying much at all. It does hint though, that the Microsoft Surface Mini is not dead and could be planned for release in a more suitable future. Source: PC World, Pocketnow