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.
Nokia launched its Lumia 2520 tablet late last year. We reviewed the Nokia 2520 and liked it well enough despite it running Windows RT. Nokia has made an announcement this week that there is an issue with the charger for the tablet. The charger used for this tablet in the UK and Europe is the AC-300 charger and only the 2520 uses that particular charger.
A new version of Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet, this time packing integrated LTE connectivity for getting online while on the move, will go on sale from March 18th. The Windows RT slate will use AT&T's 4G network and be priced at $679 for the 64GB version, and is the first of Microsoft's Surface series of tablets to include integrated mobile broadband.
When you look at the new "Chromebook 2" lineup from Samsung, you see a set of notebooks that don’t look like the first wave of Chromebooks. Here you’re seeing a set of devices that - aesthetically, at least - are just as brilliant to behold as their Windows-running counterparts. In this release is another big reason for Microsoft to truly free their operating system from the shackles of licensing costs.
Microsoft appears to be considering a shift in strategy. The shift, assuming they move forward, would be one that would have them acting a bit more like Google. That is to say, giving Windows Phone and Windows RT to device makers for free and looking to supplement with advertisements and subscription revenue. Details here come by way of The Verge who are reporting the free versions are under "serious consideration" by Terry Myerson.
Last year, Samsung considered building a Windows 8 (RT), ARM-based, Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered tablet for Microsoft. But then, along with companies like HP, Samsung dropped out of the Windows 8 tablet production party to continue pursuing its Galaxy Tab prospects. Today, Microsoft issued a new commercial taking a dig at Samsung for its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab's lack of a full-size USB port.
Microsoft is aiming to cut Windows confusion by trimming its three-strong OS line-up for mobile devices to tow, streamlining some combination of Windows Phone, Windows RT, and full Windows. Windows RT, the little-loved version of Windows 8 that Microsoft cooked up for ARM-based tablets, was insufficiently differentiated from full Windows, Julie Larson-Green, Executive Vice President of Devices and Studios at Microsoft, said last week, ZDNet reports. While Microsoft's exact plans weren't detailed, long-standing rumors indicate the company may integrate Windows Phone and Windows RT in future.
Hot on the heels of the release of Nokia's 10.1-inch tablet the Lumia 2520, rumors of an 8-inch Lumia tablet are already astir. The mid-sized device would be the same one that is currently known by the code name "Illusionist" and would be officially dubbed and sold as the Lumia 2020. According to Digitimes, the release date will likely be sometime in the first quarter of 2014.