This is getting crazy! After so many reports that Surface Mini project is put on hold at Microsoft, @evleaks today started the discussion again that Microsoft has resumed the production of Surface Mini tablet with the expected release in Summer. 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. While we were hoping to see Surface Mini as per @evleaks report in the morning, we have got a bad news again.
Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reports 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.
My sources say that Microsoft has not tabled completely the idea of releasing a seven- or eight-inch Surface Mini tablet running Windows. But that Surface Mini tablet isn’t likely to debut until some time in 2015 at the earliest, I hear.
I am definitely intrigued by the possibilities of a mini Surface with a pen. But I’m hearing I’ll have to wait until next year to find out if such a device really will replace my paper notebook and ink pen….