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It is expected to go into mass production later this year

Joining the likes of Apple and Google, Microsoft is now also rumored to be making a 7-inch version of its first homemade tablet -- the Surface.

According to a recent report from Reuters, Microsoft is in the midst of creating a whole new batch of Surface tablets, which includes a 7-inch version. 

The 7-inch tablet is expected to go into mass production later this year.

Microsoft, which released its first Surface tablet on October 26, 2012, hasn't seen the sales success it expected. Last month, a Bloomberg source anonymously revealed that Microsoft had sold 1.5 million Surface tablets at that point. More specifically, the company had sold a little over a million Surface with Windows RT tablets (features the Windows RT version of Windows 8 specifically for ARM processors) and about 400,000 Surface with Windows Pro tablets (features the full version of Windows 8 and an Intel Core i5 processor). 

These figures missed analyst expectations of about 2 million Surface RT tablets in just the December quarter alone.

Microsoft launched Surface with Windows RT in October and Surface with Windows 8 Pro in February.

Microsoft likely wants to run with the big boys like Apple and Google in the tablet sector, and both have already released 7-inch tablets (which tend to be more affordable for consumers). Google's 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet was a hit at only $200 with a load of impressive features, and Apple released its 7-inch iPad mini for a little over $300 last November. 

However, Microsoft may want to steer clear of releasing any more Surface tablets with Windows RT, since the operating system has largely been a bust. RT-powered tablets have dropped significantly in price in some cases due to lack of consumer demand, and many hardware makers are looking to just clear the dead weight out of their inventory.  

Even analysts believe Windows RT will, at some point, just fade away. 

"I think you're seeing discounting based on user demand. I never thought RT was going to be that successful," said Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates. "RT will fade away over time. It's not a full Windows 8 experience. That said, why wouldn't I spend more and get a full Pro version of the device?" 

Source: Reuters

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RE: Before trolls jump in to say MS is crap
By Mitch101 on 4/11/2013 12:26:53 PM , Rating: 5
Feels like the Zune all over again for some reason despite how good it is consumers didnt buy it. It had FM radio and Wireless sync abilities from day one. My zune 30 is still in use in my car plugged into the USB port. Two winters/summers still havent killed it and when I pull into my driveway or if I was warming up the car it would sync with the music and podcasts I had lined up on my PC. Sure it was a brick but its still alive and kicking today and well supported way past its prime. BluTooth sync will eventually replace it.

I think these items fail because there is just a massive amount of people out there who feel the need to destroy a product by Microsoft without ever using it and getting to know it.

Im days away from my Windows Phone 7 contract expiring with Sprint. Ive never had it freeze or crash on me and its just as fast as the day I bought it and Ive even loaded the latest 7.8 OS build on it and its still a rock solid device. Still people react like I bought a pager or flip phone and have negative opinions about it despite it being perfect for the two years Ive owned it. Funny enough as they had to upgrade to get siri and as I watch their devices get slower over time with OS updates.

Microsoft has some weird hate toward them I cant explain.

RE: Before trolls jump in to say MS is crap
By sprockkets on 4/11/13, Rating: 0
RE: Before trolls jump in to say MS is crap
By Mitch101 on 4/12/2013 9:57:57 AM , Rating: 2
I apparently like Microsoft bricks that work and got supported well past their prime instead of replacing working products every 2 years because Im forced to because the update slowed down the brick to become unusable.

By sprockkets on 4/12/2013 10:10:37 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, who replaced their ipod touch cause it slowed down? Cause I have one right here that went from ios3 to ios5 and didn't slow down one bit.

It has its problems but speed never, ever was one of them.

RE: Before trolls jump in to say MS is crap
By Belard on 4/12/2013 10:59:16 AM , Rating: 2
The Zune was a copy of the iPod, but ugly with ugly turd colors. Brown?

Zune wasn't bad, it wasn't good enough. MS has a long history of killing anything that is outdated.

By Mitch101 on 4/12/2013 11:30:53 AM , Rating: 2
Zune was far better than the iPod at the time but Microsoft has and continues to have a major problem with marketing. FM radio and Wireless sync from day 1 there was no need to upgrade from the Zune. Heck what century is an iPhone/iPod going to get a memory slot? iPod is one area where the Android devices still haven't produced a decent iPod competitor.

iExpired - Without the insight of Steve Jobs Apple will die off again. Look at the history of Apple and looks whos running the ship Apple dies without a visionary.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs

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