Microsoft will bring out the Surface Mini when the all-touch Office is ready?

Microsoft will bring out the Surface Mini when the all-touch Office is ready?
Neowin has an interesting theory on why Microsoft abruptly withheld the Surface Mini's introduction. The move surprised both industry insiders and customers, especially when it was later understood that the device was actually in production, with up to 20 000 units packaged and locked up in a warehouse somewhere. We've already gotten across that Microsoft head-honchos Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop sacked the Surface Mini because they felt the device lacked some differentiating features to help it stand against the competition. What could these features be? 

According to a "credible source", Microsoft is waiting to finish the all-touch based version of Office (codenamed Gemini) and bring it to its mobile and desktop devices this fall. Perhaps this could add the value a product like the Surface Mini needs to gain a head above the competition. With plenty of tablets in all sizes and price points out there, the Surface tablets need features beyond decent hardware to woo customers. Features like the newly introduced Photoshop CC with pen support and redrawn interface on the Surface 3 Pro.

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.

source: Neowin

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18 Comments

1. kalo88

Posts: 20; Member since: May 21, 2014

Why does Microsoft insist that people buy the surface line just because of office.... most people use tablets for media consumption, they need to focus on apps for that not being obsessed with Word/Excel on the go..

2. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

There are apps for that , for a LONG time ...

7. exusaiha

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

Because people are familiar with office? I call myself a geek, but I won't trade office for any other app, call me old fashioned or anything you want, but till now, they have done office perfectly for use. And... actually, I can't see myself buying a tablet without it having a decent word app, it's not like you will edit huge documents on it, but it gotta be there, with basic touch friendly functions. Just my opinion

8. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Welcome to 2014 The multi media consuming masses doesn't give a ratz azz about it anymore. The functionality hasnt changed much since the early 2000's Most people are still fine with their office 2002

15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The problem is different. You can use Office for your work or education, you can use LibreOffice (which is good and free), but surely most people don't care about using it on their tablets. This is what Microsoft isn't getting. They have been trying for the last three years to use Office as a selling point for their tablets and phones, and guess what... people don't care. Office is for work (or study). And people use a desktop or notebook, because they're cheaper and need proper keyboards. Tablets have a different purpose.

3. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Like I said before do not say the Surface Mini is dead until Microsoft says so in an official Press release.. I consider the Surface line of Tablets to be Microsoft's top of the line Products. but like Microsoft's OEM's Microsoft needs a Brand New line of lower Priced tablets that sell between 300 and 500 dollars with a touch cover keyboard.Microsoft's Nokia lumia 2520 Windows on Arms tablet is a good example of how a cheap Intel atom CPU powered Tablet could look like but should be sold with the touch cover keyboard as a package for 500 dollars. Microsoft also needs a 300 to 400 dollars 8 inch intel Atom CPU tablet with Microsoft's Vision of Windows 8.1 on it to sell to folks who are on a budget yet want a good MS Tablet. The Surface Pro line of PC Tablets starting at 799 to 1900 dollars costs too much Money for a lot of people to buy. Microsoft needs Lower priced Tablets to stay in the tablet market place. I hope Microsoft does so as quickly as they can. It's nice for Microsoft to sell high end gear but if only the Rich can buy them it's not a good profitable product line. Microsoft Please remember the cheap Lowly Nokia Lumia 520 smart phones is the BEST selling Windows smart phone, WHY= Because most people can afford to buy one! Microsoft you need a low priced but good Windows tablet on the market that People can afford to buy.

4. papss unregistered

Well written sir...

6. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Somehow, Microsoft thinks thant these niche products that doesn't offer excellent value for money could propel them back to the top. All-in-one-device? Yeah right How bout lowering the price tag first

16. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

All-in-one-device... are you sure that it's what customers are asking for? Are you sure that customers really want to do text editing, presentations or spreadsheets on a tablet? And write long texts with a subpar keyboard? The whole concept of the Surface is wrong. When people buy a tablet, they don't want a desktop or notebook replacement. They want a portable and cheap device for gaming, internet browsing, checking email and social networks, watching youtube videos and pictures. That's it. Noone wants to pay the added cost of having a full-blown Windows PC, in terms of money, size and weight and battery duration. Plus, they want something simpler than Windows, like Android or iOS are.

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

yet here we are with $800 dollar android half baked OS tablets at 12in screens. People getting all wet about it... People do want this. I know approximately 15 associates, most lawyers and dentists that will be getting either a surface 2 or 3 in the coming weeks, thanks to me showing them what a lowly $250 lynx Lenovo could do. The smile that they could get rid of their laptop was enormous. Games? You mean like candy crush? lol

5. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Microsoft is still dwelling from their Glory past lmao It-is - pretty-much-over...Android rules the roost People can get alternatives these days without paying a dime. We actually don't need WINDOWS (and its legacy apps) if we wanted to.

11. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Who's "we"? Speak for yourself. Millions of people use Office daily. I think you're smoking GoogPot.

12. papss unregistered

I agree here too.. there is NO great office like substitute.. I've tried many and none compare to office period

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You mean legacy apps that android is trying so hard to emulate? Legacy apps that run even the android platform itself? You mean like the desktops that millions use everyday to build the same apps you are talking about? And if you don't think people don't pay, google has a bridge to sell you with their 95% ad cashflow.....Oh and License fee to use the word Android, rofl.

9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You may not need Windows but others do.

10. exusaiha

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

All in one like those actually makes a lot of sense, for people that don't need a lot of power, but wants mobility, get a dock, a 20inch+ monitor keyboard +mice and you have a great all in one at home, a good tablet to enjoy in bed, and portability, to take it with you anywhere you go. Makes quite a lot of sense for me, and others too. Not all of course. And about price... well, it's not any more expensive than any ultrabook, and offers a bit more, maybe except ultrabooks on discounts, but oh wait, you can wait for a discount on sp3 too

13. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

For those prices you can just get a laptop. Even a high end one like an Alienware. I would rather take a 2012 Alienware than a 2014 Surface anyday. Surface Pro is too heavy to take and watch in bed and too small to do actual Office work. I use Office everyday but on my 24 inch monitor. If you are buying a Surface just to hook it up to a monitor and keyboard then ....for that price....might as well build a good rig.

14. exusaiha

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

true enough, but with an alienware you don't get this portability, + battery life won't be even close to it. And why to bother with this much power, when all I use daily is just basic stuff + office + another accounting app, and an i5 even an i3 will be just enough for it, but in a sleek form. Also surface will be too small for office work, that's why I said about monitor, connect it to a monitor when you need and have a big screen, rest of the time just a bit bigger than average tablet.

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