Microsoft will bring out the Surface Mini when the all-touch Office is ready?18
Neowin argues that if the Surface Mini was announced last Tuesday, it would have shipped with an old version of Office, which would be cumbersome to use on a tablet with a smaller display. Yet, the tablet would have featured the new OneNote app with a touch-friendly UI, along with Windows 8.1's touch-optimized interface, which would have provided for a fragmented experience. Although the case is largely the same with the Surface Pro 3, using the current Office on its large display should feel, at the very least, natural.
Essentially, Microsoft might be looking to turn an all-touch version of Office into an attractive selling point for the Surface Mini. It sounds like a smart thing to do, especially considering that the Surface line of tablets isn't a hit with customers. Instead of betting on a product that feels uncertain, Nadella and Elop have most likely chosen to postpone the Mini for a more appropriate time. The tablet could arrive this fall, or a year from now on.