Microsoft's "Surface mini" will be one of a number of new Windows tablets revealed on May 20th, insiders claim, with the software giant said to be readying both Windows RT and full Windows 8.1 models. The new Surface RT 8.1 models will also mark a switch in architecture, it's suggested, with Qualcomm's Snapdragon said to be under the hood.
Why would Microsoft have their new CEO, Satya Nadella, come to a New York City just to launch a new product? Word this week is that he’ll be attending the May 20th event to bring on the Surface Mini, the first Surface tablet to be released by Microsoft with a display smaller than 10.6-inches. We’ve already seen an 8-inch Windows tablet in the Acer Iconia W3 - can Microsoft’s release do better?
There’s little doubt now that Microsoft will eventually release a smaller version of its Surface tablet. Reports this week suggest that the supposedly delayed Microsoft Surface Mini will make its first debut at the next Surface event, one taking place on the 20th of May in New York City. This release may very well be so important that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be officiating.
Suggestion of a handheld gaming system made by Microsoft for the Xbox One ecosystem have swirled for years. There’ve even been renders made - devices with controls at their sides and a touchscreen in the center, all emblazoned with the XBOX logo front and center. Today those dreams have been doused.
In a sort of post-mortem before the date of death occurred, former CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop - now working with Microsoft - confirmed the death of the brand. Nokia will no longer be used as a smartphone brand, he made clear, suggesting that Microsoft had not yet chosen a new brand to represent the phones being made at this time.
Back in September, word surfaced that Microsoft would be releasing a Surface Mini this year, something that was followed up this month with sources leaking the tablet's alleged specs. Now another leak has surfaced, this one in the form of an Amazon listing hinting at a May launch date.
It’s almost time for another Microsoft Surface tablet, and that means the tips are flowing inward. This device is ready to take on the likes of the iPad mini, Acer Iconia A1-830, and Tegra Note 7, not to mention the LG G Pad 8.3 or the Galaxy Note 8.0 from Samsung. Will it be able to stand up to the Android and iOS pressure?
Microsoft's Build 2014 opens tomorrow, April 2nd, a chance for new CEO Satya Nadella to not only convince developers and the industry that his "mobile first, cloud first" strategy makes sense, but that Microsoft has the skills to deliver on it. After impressing with the Office for iPad launch, Nadella has a far bigger audience to preach The Windows Way to at Build, though there are plenty of balls in the air that he still needs to keep moving.
The latest on Microsoft is that they have axed the Surface Wireless Keyboard Adapters from their list of peripherals being offered for the Surface Tablets. Although it made its debut in September last year, in six short months the product is 'out of stock' and will never be restocked again.