1000 Windows 8 PCs on the way, none with 7 inch screens, says Microsoft VP

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Wired reports that  Tami Reller, corporate vice president and CFO of Microsoft’s Windows Group, said that Microsoft is not planning to release a 7 inch Windows 8 tablet.

He said there were 1000 separate designs ready to ship with Windows 8, but they were all "10.1 [inches]and above", according to Reller.

When asked “So Microsoft’s not going to be in [the seven-inch]space at launch?" he said "Correct."

7 inch devices are very hot at the minute, with the iPad Mini, Kindle Fire and and Google’s Nexus 7 all competing for the space.  I suspect however the Desktop elements of Windows 8 and Windows RT would be unusably small for touch on the small tablets, unless Windows users file down their fingers of course.

Do our readers think Microsoft is missing an opportunity? Let us know below.



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  • alukard

    As long as they are thin, light, and powerful, 10.1 inch is just fine.

  • Joe_HTH

    Typical Microsoft, not seeing the forest for the trees. Microsoft’s leadership is so piss poor that it’s staggering they’re doing as well as they are.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1416126378 Stuart Bransbury

      Isn’t it the fault of the hardware manufacturers rather that Microsoft’s?

    • Tips_y

      I don’t think it’s staggering. It’s probably because they’re doing something right. Besides, just because Apple did it, so now MS has to do it too?

  • Rajesh Kumar Punjabi

    I don’t think so; it would be better to use 4.5 inch mobile rather buying 7 inch tab;

  • http://www.facebook.com/luis.padillah Luis Padilla

    7 inch with stylus would be excellent for students using One Note and for controlling the rest of the Office suite in RT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Njoi-Fontes/590077451 Njoi Fontes

    no, I think 7 inch tablets are one of the stupidest ideas ever and Microsoft does well to stay out of it…

  • Obsessed With Tech

    Tami Reller is a female executive, not male as implied in the article.

  • Agrippa

    I would drop dime on a 7-inch Windows 8 with stylus, but it wouldn’t be my main toy for a long shot. However, I could totally see Windows Phone on a 7-inch if it’s done right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611639321 Carlos Ribeiro Da Fonseca

    Isn’t the iPad Mini more 8 inches than 7?

    • amaurys

      correct, apple just likes to claim 7 but its really 7.8

  • http://voguishtech.com Wemberg Carlo Estil

    Give me a break with this new 7 Inch need. Just because apple does something doesn’t mean it should be standardized. this constant need to compare everything to apple is getting ridiculous.

  • Arash Darvish

    Having a high resolution 7″ device is something that must happen in windows8. I recently realized we take our tablets to bed and we need a smaller one so if there is not a windows one I will pick up an android and because it is all about echosystems then I will change my phone to android as well and then who knows maybe the chrome OS comes up. Microsoft must provide all arsenals that goes together. I believe one of OEMs or maybe Nokia start that one soon.

  • neilspartacus

    After 2 years they will realize.. oh shit.. we need a 7 incher.. and then they will optimize stuff for 7 inch screen (sarcasm) and bring out a product when the world has moved onto something else…

  • saysme

    I love how the android mfg’s are yanking iapple all over the place. Considering the latest ipids outlook it looks like we are in for some fun. I’m waiting for someone to do a 5.735672″ screen next to see how cupertino reacts.

  • Bugbog

    Unless there is a specific Use Case Scenario for a 7″ device, I personally don’t think there is currently any point pursuing the form-factor at the moment.

    With Android OEM’s currently in the mix, I think current 7″ devices are in a race to the bottom, with no one having a great reason for standing out.

    Apart from note-taking and ebook reading, a device would need to have a ‘killer’ USP to be worth doing.

    IMO, any other handheld device, bigger than my 4.5″ – 5″ phone (that I use for ereading), will need to be big enough to read comics and magazines comfortably, which a 7″ will not do well.

    • Valkyrie-MT

      Casual Surfing on the Sofa, ebook reader, can grip in one hand between thumb and fingers. I have an ipad, a Surface RT, smart phones, and the Nexus 7. And myself and the non-tech members of my family all prefer the Nexus 7. And I assure you, it’s not because the OS is better. It’s a good size. And with a pen digitizer, would be a phenomenal size for note-taking.

  • Katana18

    Microsoft does need a <10" device, be it 7 or 8 doesn't matter. The smaller form factor is about to explode and MS will be late in the game again.