Microsoft confirms no small-screen Windows 8 tablet plans for now

Microsoft confirms no small-screen Windows 8 tablet plans for nowFrom the Google Nexus 7 to the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, not to mention Apple boss Tim Cook's recent comments on the subject, the relative merits of the 7in (and 7.9in) tablet form factor are a hot topic right now.

But with all that's been going on one point may have slipped by unnoticed – for all its recent bluster, Microsoft seems to be completely ignoring small-screen tablets.

As of now there are precisely zero Windows 8 devices with sub-10in screen sizes, a point that Microsoft executive Tami Reller confirmed in comments to Wired UK.

Reller then spelled out the obvious – that Microsoft is not going to have any presence in the 7in tablet space at all for the time being.

That seems an almost insane move right now, but if Microsoft made its final call on the matter as little as six months ago, you could make a reasonable argument for the 7in tablet scene still being very much a niche offshoot of the main tablet market.

It does hint at one of the problems in locking into a single all-encompassing launch agenda, as Microsoft has done by refreshing pretty much its entire OS ecosystem in one shot.

There is almost always a bit of an activity vacuum following such a huge-scale rollout, and that comes from everyone reaching the home straight together with their eyes locked in on the prize, often unable to respond to changes that happen in that final phase until everyone's caught their breath again.

That's a generalisation, and there's no proof at all that it applies here, but Microsoft does seem a couple of steps behind the pace on what is currently one of the mobile industry hotspots. Whatever the reason, it would be a brave move to consciously leave the situation unaddressed for too long.

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barrybarryk  Oct. 30, 2012 at 11:28

lol If Apple hadn't bothered with an iPad mini you'd still be calling 7 inch tablets useless.

I love my 7 inch tablet but even I think 7 inches is too small for Windows to do what it does best, I really, really don't see MS or any of the other OEMs putting out a 7" Windows tablet anytime soon. Certainly not an Intel one anyway.

Pondlife  Oct. 30, 2012 at 11:47

lol If Apple hadn't bothered with an iPad mini you'd still be calling 7 inch tablets useless.

I love my 7 inch tablet but even I think 7 inches is too small for Windows to do what it does best, I really, really don't see MS or any of the other OEMs putting out a 7" Windows tablet anytime soon. Certainly not an Intel one anyway.


Nah that's Lewis.

Definitely not an Intel one I'd easily agree with that as for 7" I think surface rt makes more sense at that size than 10" almost, as compromises inherent in the os seem more acceptable there. Guessing ms get the say as to what is made even by other manufacturers so there will be no 7"ers for now.

satchef1  Oct. 30, 2012 at 17:59

Not surprising. What OS would they use? And what apps? Neither Windows 8 nor Windows Phone 8 are suited to 7 inches, and the apps on both platforms would look a bit broken on that size of screen. Drumming up a third platform would be a really silly thing to do, especially with the developer situation being as it is.

Pondlife  Oct. 30, 2012 at 18:02

Well they've got three platforms as it is.

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