A 7-Inch Surface Tablet Will be D.O.A. Without a Killer App
Rumors continue to swirl around Microsoft's potential plans for a 7-inch Surface tablet, as smaller, less-expensive slates gobble up an ever-increasing slice of the market.
Thu, April 11, 2013
The Journal's report doesn't have any specific details about the rumored tablet, and it's not clear whether the tablet will even run a full version of Windows. A previous report by The Verge claimed Microsoft was developing a 7-inch "Xbox Surface" tablet that would run a custom, Xbox-focused Windows kernel and focus on gaming. Recent scuttlebutt suggests the next-generation Xbox will be based on Windows 8, which could help pave the way for a 7-inch "Xbox Surface" tablet, or for deeper Xbox integration in a Windows-based Surface tablet.
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Rubin said Microsoft may realize that a smaller Surface won't be a smash hit, but would still put a product out in hopes of expanding the Windows ecosystem. "Such a device might not set the world on fire for them," he said, "but again, it's rounding out the story, it's more proof of concept, it's more education that you can run Windows on these smaller devices."