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.