Report: Microsoft to Release 7-Inch Surface Tablet
April 11, 2013 11:49 AM
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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
, 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
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).
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?"
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RE: Before trolls jump in to say MS is crap
4/11/2013 12:57:47 PM
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 support...it isn't Windows.
Microsoft should have called it something different - without the word "Windows" in the title. Then it probably would have been fine.
RE: Before trolls jump in to say MS is crap
4/16/2013 12:35:45 PM
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 ;)
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