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It is not a secret that Microsoft Corp. is already at works developing second generation of its Surface media tablet and Surface Pro business slate. As it appears, with the second breed of its own-brand tablets, the software giant wants to address small form-factor market with a 7”-class gadget in addition to offering traditional sizes.

In a bid to compete not only against Apple iPad with 9.7” display, but also against highly-popular iPad mini with 7.9” screen, Microsoft will offer a Surface-branded media tablet later this year, reports the Wall Street Journal. The slate will continue to use Windows RT operating system, but should feature some hardware changes compared to the original Surface, such as a new system-on-chip (SoC) as well as other changes.

The 7”-class slate was not in Microsoft’s plans a year ago, however, given the rising popularity of small tablets the software giant decided to address the segment as well. It is highly likely that Microsoft will release the second-generation of Surface tablets in general and 7”-class slate in particular around the time it rolls-out a series of Windows Blue updates, which will improve various Microsoft’s operating systems and services.

Microsoft’s Windows RT platform, the Windows 8-like operating system compatible with ARM architecture microprocessors and incompatible with programs written for traditional Windows OS, has failed to become popular among consumers and hardware makers. Microsoft itself sold only 1.1 million Surface RT in about four months of availability, despite its starting price of $499. Recently, Asus, Dell and Lenovo slashed pricing of their Windows RT-based tablets, which may signal either of two things: the companies are testing the demand for low-cost Windows RT tablets and want to see if low price results in higher sales; the platform has failed and they are selling-off inventory at discount.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8, Windows RT, Blue

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When will it get through to there management that it is the operating system which is at fault not the hardware.
Surely the decline in PC sales should have got through to the powers that be. Its the O/S stupid!
Look at the decline in the market % of devices which are using windows as an operating system, against other operating systems.
It is not the hardware which is at fault. The public have turned away from Windows and are using any other O/S in stead of Windows.
3 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 04/11/13 12:45:41 AM]
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Serious question. Does anyone, really, buy this crap from M$, specially at that price??! Seriously.
1 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 04/11/13 03:35:00 AM]
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I don't know what you two are on about. Windows 8 is controversial on a PC but works very well on a tablet. As for whether anyone is buying Surface , yes people like me who need a tablet with office. In fact , the problem is trying to get one if you don't live in the USA.
0 2 [Posted by: TG  | Date: 04/12/13 01:48:36 AM]
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So in what country do you live. You're crooked government seem to have problem with M$ backdoor secret fund financing them to allow prohibition on Android. Even penguins surf on those devices. So you should either protest against corruption or learn how to use other devices.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/12/13 03:31:30 PM]
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Wooww. How cool snuff. wi-shuld-ol-use this wonderful piece of junk.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/12/13 03:28:14 PM]
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So once the 7" version fails to sell will we then see MS release a 5" version ???
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 04/13/13 01:58:21 AM]
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Make it $199 and I will buy one for development purposes. I don't want to risk investing more money for platform with uncertain future.
0 0 [Posted by: ano69  | Date: 04/14/13 03:27:09 AM]
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