Report: Microsoft Has Already Produced Thousands Of Surface Mini Units, Project Is Still Alive

Microsoft’s Surface event got over yesterday. While everyone of us were expecting Microsoft to reveal a 7-8 inch Windows RT tablet based on Qualcomm processor, Microsoft revealed Surface Pro 3 device based on Intel Core CPUs. So, What happened to much rumored Surface Mini. Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft decided to delay it for some reasons. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. Microsoft didn’t want to do the same mistake it did with Surface RT. Today Neowin reported some more information on Surface Mini,

  •  In fact, as we previously reported, it was scheduled to be released around that time as well, but a ‘business decision’ was made to hold off on the device and push the launch out until this Spring.
  • The report earlier that it was an executive decision is accurate; we were told it was a “management directive” to not launch the device. More so, the device was already in production, with thousands – 15,000-20,000 of them – having already been made, and which now are sitting somewhere, locked up, waiting to see the light of day.
  • The other reason we have heard – and this one comes from a source who has provided credible information in the past – is that Microsoft is now waiting for the touch-based version of Office to arrive, which should be this fall, according to the last bits we heard about Gemini.

As you can infer, Microsoft has not yet cancelled the project. They have just delayed it to offer more compelling product in the market after sometime. I expecting Microsoft to release it during this holiday season. What do you think?

Read the full story from the link below.

Source: Neowin

  • Jeff Hung

    The decision doesn’t make sense as ARM SoC get obsolete very quickly. Buying a batch of chips but not shipping the end product as soon as possible is losing money every second.

    • Wieland

      ARM gets obsolete? Impressive…

      • Jeff Hung

        I meant each generation of ARM SoC got phased out in two or three quarters, significantly devalued when the next generation is around the corner, because people don’t want to buy a flagship device which doesn’t ship with the latest generation of chip, or will be rendered obsolete in a few months.

        • Wieland

          Oh okay, I’m sorry. There was a misunderstanding. :)

  • Bugbog

    I’m all for announcing it with added quality differentiators.

  • Lj

    I don’t know what to believe, I just want one.

    • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

      Same here… (>_<)

  • LexicoRed

    Just another example why Microsoft is not and should not try to be a hardware company. It time to stop the charade and the loss of profits, time to focus on the future; Software and Services.

    • jeremyg85

      But everyone loves the hardware.. their mice, keyboards, tablets and soon to be phones are universally praised for build quality. It will take time to make it profitable, but we have time.

      • LexicoRed

        It is too much of a distraction even if it was profitable. To make it worst, the company has shown it not good at it; Zune, Kin, Surface RT, XBox One, Window Phone all performed poorly.

  • Jim Cherry

    ms should for once release something in time for back to school. Instead of the usual just after back to school rush has ended.

  • Dave G

    makes perfect sense. they spent the whole press conference telling everyone that all you need is a Surface Pro 3, and not a laptop+tablet. Would have looked silly if they released a tablet as well!

  • TheHumanOracle

    MS has a reputation of not getting releases right the first time (wait for version 2,or 3).
    This is a measure to realign that behavior.
    Get it right first time everytime.

  • boohooboohooboo

    this story is BS

    • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

      Well boo hoo.