Microsoft was expected to announce a Surface Mini device at an press event on May 20th. But, it never happened as Microsoft chose to announce only the Surface Pro 3 device. Later we reported that Microsoft decided to delay it for some reasons. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. There were reports that Surface Mini production was put on hold temporarily.
Today, Microsoft confirmed it via quarterly financial results. In the Computing and Gaming Hardware related slide, Microsoft mentioned that current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from their transition of production to latest Surface offering and a decision to not ship a new form factor.
This new form factor could be the must rumored Surface Mini.
Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet recently reported that Microsoft is unlikely to release Surface Mini this year. Microsoft’s Office team is still working on the touch based version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Windows tablets and it will be released only in Spring 2015. She expects Surface Mini to be released only in 2015.