Microsoft Prepping Windows Miniature Tablet to Rival Apple iPad Mini

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Gizbot earlier told you about Microsoft planning to release a smaller version, rather 7 inch Surface tablet, which would run on Windows 8 or Windows Blue. Now there is news that the Redmond based company is working on a line of small touchscreen devices, to compete with iPad Mini and Amazon Kindle Fires. Are the two news stories somehow connected? Lets find out!

According to a report by Guardian, Peter Klein, Microsoft's Chief Financial Officer, has said that the new devices will be available in coming months, at competitive prices. Analysts believe that the tablets might be releasing in June.

Also, Windows 8.1(blue) update is expected to arrive on the same month. At the same time, rumors suggesting that Microsoft is tweaking the hardware requirements of Windows 8 to support the upcoming tablets are also widespread.

Microsoft Prepping Windows Miniature Tablet to Rival Apple iPad Mini

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The slowdown in global PC sales has had a big impact on the company. According to the research firm IDC, PC sales fell by 14 percent in the first quarter of this year. IDC said, this was mostly because, Windows 8 with new interface seamed complicated for potential buyers.

Also let's not ignore the fact that the smartphones and tablets are becoming much more popular then PCs. This could very well be reason behind why Microsoft is suddenly looking to compete in the tablet's arena.

On the other side, Microsoft has announced that Klein is leaving at the end of the fiscal year, in June. He has been in the current role for four years and at the company for 11 years. Everything seems to be bundling up to June for the tech giant. Anyways, the news about the new tablets and operating system is just a mater of expectancy and is not really confirmed. Whatever it is, the tech world will have it's eyes set on the company, during the month.

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