According to a new report, Microsoft is preparing to release its own 7-inch tablet to better compete with Apple's iPad mini and Google's Nexus 7.
Rumors have swirled before, but The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is building a 7-inch gaming tablet. The Xbox Surface launch will supposedly come before that of the next Xbox console. There's no word, thankfully, of a touch-friendly Halo 4 port yet.
The first reviews of Microsoft's Surface are trickling in, and the verdict so far is that the tablet is a promising platform off to a decent start with room to grow, but reading the reviews, there's one person who the Surface may speak directly to that other tablets really don't: writers.
A few months ago, Microsoft unveiled a tablet device called the Surface that was, at least from a distance, so well designed and finely constructed that the only question remaining after the dust cleared was how much the tablet would cost. Today, it seems we have an answer.
You have to applaud Microsoft for daring to be different with its upcoming Windows 8-powered Surface tablet. A fresh rumor suggests the Surface could gain Microsoft a foothold in a decidedly tough market dominated by the iPad.
Now that the smoke has settled and we've all had a chance to take in Microsoft's sudden Surface tablet announcement, we need to ask ourselves, can the Surface live up to its hype? Here's three things Microsoft needs to get right if it wants the Surface to have any chance of success at disrupting the iPad and Android-dominated tablet market.
It took two years and three iPads later, but today, at a special event in Los Angeles, Microsoft unveiled its answer to Apple's tablet: the Surface. (No, it's not that Surface.) The Surface runs Windows 8 and is the slickest hardware Microsoft's released since the Xbox 360.
I don't know about you, but I've been fantasizing about a Surface table ever since I got my first demo back at CES 2008. It's only really been for sale for businesses and stuff, but Samsung is now officially selling their own version of Microsoft's slick multi-touch interface.
Yes, we've seen huge multitouch desks and tables before, most notably from Microsoft, in the form of Surface. And Surface is undeniably awesome, but good luck trying to get one for yourself. Forget Microsoft, though: ExoPC is teasing a 40" multitouch desk that you (you!) might actually be able to afford.
Surface, the ultimate multi-touch table, is one of the most incredibly cool projects that Microsoft has been working on for the last few years, and they've just introduced a brand new version that's not only significantly slimmer, it's smarter too.