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Microsoft admits it axed the Surface Mini

Likely due to slowing Windows 8 tablet sales
Wed Jul 23 2014, 11:38
Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 in purple

MICROSOFT ADMITTED in its fiscal fourth quarter financial report on Tuesday that it axed the rumoured Surface Mini tablet.

The last we heard, Microsoft had ordered 20,000 Surface Mini units, having planned to release the pint-sized tablet in May. That didn't happen, however, and Microsoft has admitted that it has dropped plans to offer a miniature Surface tablet altogether.

Buried in its fourth quarter earnings report, the firm admitted, "Current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor."

Microsoft didn't reveal why it canned plans to release a Surface Mini tablet, but speculation suggested that the firm wasn't pleased with the overall quality of the device, and decided at the last minute not to launch it along with the Surface Pro 3.

Slowing sales of the firm's existing Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets also was likely a factor in Microsoft's decision. While the firm didn't cough on Surface sales during its earnings call on Tuesday, it revealed that revenues from the division came in at $409m for the three month period, down from the $494m it took in during the same period last year.

Sales of smaller Windows 8 tablets in general might have also been an influence. A report last week claimed that Lenovo decided to stop selling small-screened Windows 8 tablets in the US, with the firm quoted as saying, "We're seeing stronger interest in the larger screen sizes for Windows tablets." µ


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