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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 Solandri on 4/11/2013 12:46:49 PM , Rating: 2
Windows RT was a predictable faillure, but in a few years, most of the sofware will be in Metro Apps format and they run on both x86 and ARM. Then may be Windows RT will be relevant.

RT doesn't need to succeed. It is Microsoft's hedge against Intel, in case ARM ends up winning the CPU war.

Without RT, if ARM wins, Windows is dead. With RT, if ARM wins, Microsoft simply waves goodbye to Intel and continues on with ARM.

RE: Before trolls jump in to say MS is crap
By Motoman on 4/11/2013 12:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
Windows only lives by virtue of it's application support.

Software developers don't want to have to support 2 platforms. And no legacy Windows apps run on RT.

This is the primary reason why RT is derided even more than Win8 itself. Without Windows software isn't Windows.

Microsoft should have called it something different - without the word "Windows" in the title. Then it probably would have been fine.

By jcourtes on 4/16/2013 12:35:45 PM , Rating: 2
Software developers wouldnt have to support multiple platforms.
Read up on the strategy of Microsoft with respect to API in relation to WP8, W8RT, and W8
Side-loading is possible on SurfaceRT
Also, anyone who has developed in .NET will be right at home developing for WP8, or W8RT.
I own a 920, a Surface RT, and run a W8 desktop.
as a few posters have mentioned before, the integration between them, along with skydrive, is absolutely stellar.

As someone else mentioned, RT is a strategy from Microsoft, and as far as i am concerned, I'm totally stoked about it.

And by the way, i bet about 80-90% of those trolling MS in the comments of this post, are writing their comments from a Windows Machine ;)

By inighthawki on 4/11/2013 4:27:02 PM , Rating: 2
What war? Intel and x86 isn't going anywhere anytime soon. ARM is not taking over anything outside of mobile space, and even then, tarting with haswell ARM may start being more and more irrelevant and we start to see x86 support with low power.

Windows RT is just an attempt to not miss out on what is trending. ARM makes up the majority of mobile devices right now, and it's a huge market, but anyone who believes that ARM would kill off x86 devices is delusional.

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