For the longest time, we’ve been wondering when Microsoft might start addressing the big blank space in the middle of its mobile device lineup, for models larger than Windows Phone handsets, yet smaller than current Windows 8 and RT tablets. After all, that’s a huge deal for Android and – more recently – iOS, so Microsoft seems to be missing out. We’ve heard rumors that Microsoft itself could be creating a seven-inch Surface, and while we wait to learn if there’s any truth there, the company has confirmed that its OEM partners, at least, will be releasing their own smaller tablets.
This info comes from Microsoft CFO Peter Klein during an earnings call with investors, where he revealed that some of these companies have been working with Microsoft to develop tablets that aren’t just smaller than the current lot, but cheaper, as well.
It seems like Microsoft tablets have been a hard sell ever since Windows 8 launched, and those lower prices, especially, might be key to helping the company find a user base. For now there aren’t any details on when these smaller tablets might arrive beyond sometime in the “coming months”, nor precisely what sizes we’re talking about, but hearing it confirmed at all is pretty great news.