Microsoft is Planning to Release a 7-Inch Tablet [WSJ]
Microsoft is planning to grow its lineup of Surface tablets by introducing a 7-inch model, reports the WSJ.
The software giant is developing a new lineup of its Surface tablets, including a 7-inch version expected to go into mass production later this year, said people familiar with the company's plans. Microsoft's tablet ambitions, combined with planned price breaks for its flagship software and updates in coming months to its Windows operating software, paint the picture of a company trying to move more quickly than ever to counter urgent threats to its $75 billion software empire.
Apparently, the company hadn't been planning to introduce a 7-inch device but the widespread popularity of smaller tablets from other manufacturers required a response.
Microsoft is also said to be testing a smartphone but it's unclear if the company will bring that device to market or rely on its partnership with Nokia.