Microsoft confirms OEMs working on smaller tablets "to be available in coming months"
There have been rumors going back all the way to when we first heard about Windows Blue (now known to be Windows 8.1) that Microsoft was adding support for smaller 7 to 8-inch tablets to the operating system. Recently, we heard more rumors that such tablets were coming soon, and now Microsoft has confirmed that OEMs are working on smaller tablets "to be available in coming months".
The announcement came from Microsoft's soon-to-be ex-CFO Peter Klein, during the company's Q3 earnings call. Klein said that Microsoft is working with OEMs "on smaller devices, at lower price points", according to Janet Tu of the Seattle Times. Unfortunately, there was no word on which OEMs were part of the work, but there have been persistent rumors that HTC has been working on a Windows tablet.
There is certainly potential for Asus and Acer to be working on smaller Windows 8 tablets, but Nokia has consistently denied that it is working on a tablet. But, it sounds like we should be finding out more soon enough if the tablets are really going "to be available in coming months".