Microsoft CFO Hints At Smaller, Windows 8-Based Product Coming

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Big is always better, but small is in. So, what's a company to do? Both! Microsoft has the big-screen tablet market covered, with a litany of Windows RT and Windows 8 slates (not to mention the Surface range). But if Apple and Google have proven one thing, it's that people appreciate choice, and in particular, the choice of smaller tablets. 7" slates have grown hugely popular now that the iPad mini is a reality and devices like the low-cost Nexus 7 exist. Microsoft is clearly missing out on that market. But it may change that soon.


On an earnings call today, Microsoft's outgoing CFO Peter Klein mentioned that Windows 8 was being engineered to run on devices with smaller screens, and that we'd see at least one of those devices "soon." He didn't clarify what segment the device would fall in, so it could theoretically be a tablet, a smartphone, or even a watch. People have been wondering if Windows Phone 8 would eventually morph into Windows, so perhaps that's on the tablet as well.

Either way, it's clear that Windows 8 needs to find more homes if it hopes to gain ground in the mobile universe -- would you take a look at small Win8 slate?
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I would play with that if it had at least an i3 with HD4000 graphics. Even better next-gen APU.

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ajm531 replied on Fri, Apr 19 2013 12:35 AM

yeah sure would be interesting to see what kind of processing power they could squeeze in to such a small form factor. I agree with this guy id try it but its depend on the the internals. I just imagine windows 8 would be weird on such a small tablet since its really meant to work on a desktop which is anywhere from my 13.3 inch touch screen note book to massive 30 inch touch screens. Even the non touch screen is meant for larger screens in general

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Coming up..A new windows 8 phone...

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The Winphone or winfone

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Yeah...... no. Expect Intel Atom.

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