Microsoft is ready to deliver Windows on a wider variety of screen sizes

Microsoft was late to the tablet game, and it shows with their current offerings. There are no Windows 8 or RT tablet on the market smaller than 10 inches. This is during a time where consumers have clearly shown they are more interested in the smaller 7-8-inch tablets. We’ve seen this with the Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, and especially the iPad Mini. So when will Microsoft join the party? We’re not sure, but Microsoft’s CFO had some promising things to say today.

 … I think we’re really set up to deliver the most versatile set of experiences across form factors, whether that’s 4-inch, 5-inch, 7-inch, 8-inch, 10-inch, 13-inch. And along with our partners in the ecosystem, we’ll work through that based on underlying demand.

These are promising remarks from the CFO. We have been wanting a wider variety of sizes for both Windows tablets and Windows Phone devices. The last bunch of phones were all around the same general size. Amazon has had a ton of success with the smaller tablet, and Samsung has been very successful with the Galaxy Note. These are two niches that Microsoft has no presence in. It is time to diversify.

[via Neowin]


  • Edgar Cervantes

    The thing is, Windows Phone is not really set up to be better on larger or smaller screens. I had almost the same experience with the Trophy as I did with the 8X (in terms of UI). Sure, the tiles get bigger and all that, but it is almost the same otherwise. The only improvement I can see with a larger phone would be for watching videos and movies.

    As for a smaller tablet, maybe. I happen to prefer 7-8 inch tablets. But Windows 8 is a different monster.

  • http://WinSource.com/ J. Drummond

    Not sure what you mean by WP8 being better/worse on different sizes of screens.

  • Edgar Cervantes

    What i mean is, I don’t think the experience of the UI really changes that much. Because of the way WP8 is designed, the UI works great on smaller screens. It also works great on larger screens, but try to compare small and huge Android smartphones. The difference is impressive with those devices, because Android’s UI is more cluttered.