Microsoft Working On 7-inch Surface Tablet

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WSJ today reported that Microsoft is working on a 7-inch Surface tablet powered by Windows RT. After the success of iPad 10-inch tablet, the market seems to have moved towards 7-inch tablets like iPad mini, Google Nexus 7 and more. There are currently no Windows based devices in the category since the OS is not optimized for such devices. As previously reported, the upcoming update for Windows codenamed ‘Blue’ will optimize the Windows experience for 7’inch media tablets.

One person familiar with Microsoft’s product plans said the 7-inch tablets weren’t part of the company’s strategy last year, but Microsoft executives realized they needed a response to the rapidly growing popularity of smaller tablets like Google Inc.’s 7-inch Nexus, which was announced last summer, and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini introduced by Apple Inc.last October.

Source: WSJ



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  • sonus

    The 7inch RT tablet is something I have been wanting for quite a while… its just too bad MS is so consistently LATE on the mobile front. Lets hope the little RT at least has an active digitizer like the G Note series and takes advantage of OneNote MX.

    • Pookiewood

      This!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jesse-Harmon/100000593986579 Jesse Harmon

      Remember Microsoft has never really been a hardware maker extensively, they’ll get better , but I can assure you they are a long term strategy company and always have been. They aren’t concerned with speedy delivery, most of the hardware makers are doing very poorly, no OEM is making money in android except Samsung.

    • http://www.facebook.com/vanminh.nguyen.73 Văn Minh Nguyễn

      ¿LATE? They INVENTED the Tablet back in 2001, people just didn’t buy it because it didn’t have an Apple logo on it.

  • Deodorant

    Wish it was Pro, a full sized pc that fits in your pocket, sounds like winmo haha

    • Tom

      Yeah, I cant wait for one of those.
      I’d buy one with my OWN money on the day it’s available for sale.

  • Bugbog

    Should be called the Surface Book: a Reader/Writer; so the device is great as an ebook reader, but also takes advantage of an active digitizer for Word/OneNote[MX], Freshpaint, etc

    But with these front and center and more tightly integrated!

    • http://twitter.com/joepann Kitab

      I’d prefer it called the Surface Notepad.

      • Bugbog

        ‘Notepad’ seems a bit too derivative!

        Surface Reader is nice, but doesn’t signify the ‘write’ part!?

        They could always go with a favourite: The Surface Courier! :D (Or would that be too highbrow?)

    • http://twitter.com/Daanmannetje Daniel

      And they should call it the “Surface Courier”…

  • Just

    I have been waiting for this tablet for a long time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/buicanalexandru Alex Buican

    meh. Still ms so you can bet it will be tight as a mofo … Software wise …

    • Pookiewood

      tight?

      • http://www.facebook.com/buicanalexandru Alex Buican

        The software , windows 8/RT windows phone has a lot of blocks put in place , for example you on a windows phone cannot install via USB connection from the pc a file , in the windows phone case a xap file , xap being the extension for windows phone apps . You have to get a developer unlock from them , that of course costs 99$ and of course you are limited to only 10 apps at one time on the phone .
        This reminds me of Apple and iPhone , actually it is the same thing , the only difference is that the iPhone can be jailbroken .
        This is the “tight” i am referring to . MS has been like this from the get go .

  • MikadoWu

    Until Microsoft figures out they are not the Lead Dog in this race, and starts undercutting the oppositions Pricing, this is all a mute point.

    I love both my RT and Pro, but people I talk to just think they are to expensive.

    Convert iTool users is even harder, they have to let people think with their wallets not there iBrain or iHeart.

    • arrow2010

      What is a mute point? Also what is the point of selling hardware at a loss?

  • koenshaku

    $400 with touch cover = buy for me.

    • http://twitter.com/FedFanForever Alex

      What about accessories and Microsoft Complete?

      • koenshaku

        $400 is just the sweet spot I think for the functionality. I mean you get drivers for most printers, the office suite internet browsing and e-reading. Is all I will be using it for because you lose x86 apps that is just all I am willing to pay for such a device. Anymore and I start looking to x86 devices.

  • arrow2010

    So it will have it’s own little kickstand and mini-keyboard too? How cute!

  • NGM123

    About fricken time !! MS are always way behind the game, always playing catch up. Whatever happened to innovation, sadly now they are just imitators and not innovators.

    • blakjedi

      ipad mini just came out. Steve Jobs said Apple will never sell a Mini iPad. what you wrote doesnt make sense given those two points.

      • NGM123

        WTF? Nothing that you wrote makes any sense, are u high??. Whatever it is you’re smoking, I want some !

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanminh.nguyen.73 Văn Minh Nguyễn

    I’d personally buy a low-priced Windows 8 Tablet-P.C. the only reason I don’t own one is because they’re too expensive.

  • wormywyrm

    I love my surface RT but I am tempted to do a small phone, 7 inch tablet, and powerful laptop. Right now I am doing small phone, 10 inch surface RT, and a PC.