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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 Tony Swash on 4/12/2013 9:56:46 AM , Rating: 0
Windows Phone is holding its own in the US

Leaping magnificently from 3% to 3.2% in the last year. It doesn't matter how good or better than the competition Windows Phone is, it has failed in the market place. Windows Phone fans sound to me just like Mac fans in the 1990s, they said back then that the Mac was better than Windows and it was but it made no difference in the market place.

Hardware wise Windows Phone and Android are murdering the iPhone. Still never heard of a replaceable battery or memory slot Apple?

I guess that's why this is happening

My buddies iPhone is a horrible wreck at directions. Hell just try any 10 year old Garmin against an iPhone and watch how the Apple takes you routes that don't make sense. Sure the Garmin might loop you but its far better than what Ive seen so far from Apple.

Not according to John Dvorak at PC Magazine.,2817,2416321,

By Mitch101 on 4/12/2013 10:22:22 AM , Rating: 4
3% to 3.2% in the US - you should worry because its still not sold on every carrier and every country and it gained market share. You should look internationally where there is double digit market share of Windows Phone now and its only going to get bigger.

Wait till Verizon gets the 928 and T-Mobile gets the 521 then watch what happens to Market Share.
Then there is the Nokia RM-877 coming to AT&T

John Dvorak? Really that guy hasn't been relevant in 10 years and this past week I got to see first hand how the Apple device kept taking us off on parallel roads instead of sticking to the major highways. What a POS. My 2 year old Windows Phone was absolutely destroying the credibility of the iPhone maps.

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