Microsoft Ready to Challenge iPad Mini
It was a subtle but significant revelation yesterday in Microsoft's most recent quarterly earnings call. The venerable tech giant is gearing up to challenge Apple in the market for pint-sized tablet domination.
Later this year, a Windows-powered compact tablet will likely reach consumers. And the effort could prove critical to Microsoft, which has struggled so far to make much of an impact on the tablet market with its line of Surface products.
Windows chief financial officer Peter Klein says Microsoft is now "working closely with OEMs on a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows."
Providing integral clues, Klein admitted that these devices "will have competitive price points, partly enabled by our latest OEM offerings designed specifically for these smaller devices, and will be available in the coming months."
With the prospect of an iPad mini refresh now looming large, it isn't out of the question that Microsoft may endeavor to steal the iPad mini 2's thunder by releasing a smaller tablet rival before Apple's product refresh takes flight.
Source: PC World