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Report: Surface Mini won't be out until next year

Mark Hachman | Sept. 26, 2013
Microsoft will hold back a smaller, consumption-focused version of the Surface tablet until it completes the Xbox One operating system.

Delaying a Surface Mini could certainly allow Microsoft's hardware partners to seed their own offerings into the market; remember, Microsoft's mission is to seed "brand Windows," and not just its own devices. But with every month that passes without a credible alternative to the Google Nexus 7, the new Amazon Kindle HDX tablets, or the iPad mini, Microsoft risks falling out of the mind of its customers. Someone in the Windows world needs to jump on this, and quickly.


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