Reports that Microsoft Plans 7-Inch Tablet
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is revamping its Surface tablet lineup to include a new 7-inch entry, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The move would position the company to compete in the rapidly growing small-tablet segment with Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Nexus 7, Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) Kindle Fire HD, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 and Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad Mini.
As the demand for desktops and laptops continues to plummet, a smaller, lower-priced, high-volume tablet potentially could replace lost Windows and application software sales for Microsoft. However, considering the fact that the vendor’s soirees with the Windows RT and Windows Pro tablets haven’t opened too many eyes, there’s no assuming it can make hay with the smaller form factor.
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