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Microsoft: Windows 8 on Smaller Devices Might Be A Possibility
We haven't heard much about Microsoft's interest in bring wearable devices into the market. Yes, we definitely heard that Nokia might come up with a smart watch later this year. But then, who would have thought about Nokia- Microsoft merger.
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology Internet Conference on Thursday, Tami Reller, executive vice president of marketing for Microsoft, apparently revealed that the company is working hard to bring Windows on smaller devices.
Obviously, one can mould her statement into any form to make a sense out of it. But the question that remains valid, even till now, is when exactly the company will share its plans to release Windows OS for smaller devices, such as 7-inch tablets and smart watches.
We will make a material movement forward on the footprint of the OS and what that can mean for how we run on smaller devices," Reller said
She didn't clarify whether the company is looking to enter wearable tech space or not. Rumors have it that Redmond-based tech giant could be possibly planning to announced small sized tablets, most likely a 7-inch Surface Mini tablet later this year.
"Our goal is to make sure across devices that customers care about, whether they are consumers or customers going from work to play who want devices that go between or whether they are enterprise grade offerings, we want a family of devices. Where there are interesting device categories, we want to play," she said.
Further, she said "A high priority of our Windows development effort is to make sure Windows is, let me describe it as right-sized for those devices." Just for the reminder, Microsoft has sold 200 million Windows 8 licenses till date.
Surface Mini tablet
Microsoft might have launched its high-end Surface range of tablets, but we are yet to see a nice 7-inch tablet designed and manufactured by the makers behind Windows 8. Both Apple and Google have respective rival devices in this category.
Surface Smart watch
While talking about wearable devices in general, Microsoft has shown no interest till now. We already know Apple will bring its first ever smartwatch, dubbed iWatch, later this year. Can Redmond beat Apple with its own branded smart watch? Only time will tell.