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Microsoft slips, reveals existence of Microsoft Surface Mini

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Microsoft slips, reveals existence of Microsoft Surface Mini
You might remember that Microsoft was supposed to unveil the Microsoft Surface Mini during the same event that unveiled the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Instead, the Surface Mini was scrubbed. Rumors had the software giant positioning the Mini to be a device for taking notes and messages, and there has been talk that the slate would get a second chance.

There could be something to that rumor in light of a leak that took place today, on the Microsoft Surface website. A leaked user guide
for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 made some references to the Microsoft Surface Mini, even though Microsoft had never confirmed the existence of the bite-sized slate, until now, that is.

One section of the Surface Pro 3's user guide, dealing with the Surface Pen, said, "You’ll pair your new pen with Surface Mini a little later during setup." That would seem to officially confirm that the Microsoft Surface Mini does exist. Speculation as to the reason for Microsoft's decision to pull the tablet are numerous. According to one rumor, Satya Nadella, and Stephen Elop, Microsoft's CEO and Executive Vice President respectively, felt that there was no difference between the Surface Mini and the competition. That led the executives to doubt that the tablet would be a hit. And the pair did not want to risk a repeat of what took place with the Microsoft Surface RT. That tablet sold so poorly that Microsoft had to write-off $900 million worth of unsold tablets, collecting dust in a warehouse.

While the references to the Surface Mini in the Surface Pro 3 User Guide does confirm that such a tablet exists, it does not prove whether or not Microsoft will give the device a second opportunity to see the light of day. We should point out that Microsoft has since removed all references to the Surface Mini from the leaked user guide.

Tweet from Paul Thurrott mentions Microsoft's slip-up

source: MicrosoftSurface via @thurrott, MobileSyrup

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