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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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By sprockkets on 4/12/2013 10:06:52 PM , Rating: 2
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And I can go on about how iPhones have taken down mail servers, lost client e-mail, contacts, meetings, not just through active sync but through third party products as well and how Android devices on a corporate network can pose a security risk because of the side loading and how companies should seriously beef up AV security surrounding android mobile access to their company networks.


Weird, the iphone losing contacts and meetings through EAS. Wonder where the problem lies in this case?

Yes, due to an issue with the iphone and Exchange, an iphone can take down a mail server. Glad that was a problem both MS and apple fixed in a timely matter.

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as well and how Android devices on a corporate network can pose a security risk because of the side loading and how companies should seriously beef up AV security surrounding android mobile access to their company networks.


Um, so what? That has nothing to do with Android working fine as it was intended.

AS for the rest of your post, well, that's nice. If only MS released a decent OS worth using back in 2007 instead of WM still stuck using a browser compatible with 1998's standards.

Instead, only apple and google gave it a swift kick in the monopolistic ass it deserved.


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