Microsoft finally confirms the Surface Mini tablet existed

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft starts selling Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, releases firmware update with Windows Hello.

“It was like a Moleskine. The official release date for Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 tablet and Surface Book laptop has arrived, but you might have trouble getting the model you want anytime soon. It was awesome,” the excitable Microsoft executive Panos Panay told Wired today in a story on Microsoft’s Surface Book convertible laptop, which is now available for sale. Smaller-sized tablets—the Mini was rumored to have an 8-inch display—are standard strategies for most popular tablets such as the iPad, Nexus, and Galaxy lineups.

Microsoft describes Windows Hello as “biometric authentication which can provide instant access to your Windows 10 devices.” As long as you have the correct hardware, the feature means being able to log in and authenticate with your finger, iris, or face, rather than using a password. But shortly after that, close readers of the Surface Pro 3 user manual noticed several references to the Surface Mini that Microsoft apparently had failed to scrub.

The high-end 1 TB model won’t ship until January, and Microsoft seems to have removed the entry-level model’s Nvidia graphics card option, which appeared last week. Then in May 2014, it seemed like Microsoft was hinting at a Surface Mini when it invited the press for a Surface-themed “small gathering.” The device never made an appearance at the small gathering, however, and pundits were left wondering: what happened to the Mini?

The impact on you at home: If you were interested in the Surface Book but wanted to wait for some reviews and benchmarks before pulling the trigger, you’re likely out of luck on launch day; pre-orders began selling out even before the first reviews went live. Fortunately for those faithful buyers, reviews have been largely positive, praising the laptop as being worth the price for those willing to spend it.

With an iterative update (Surface Pro 4) and a whole new product (Surface Book) becoming available at the same time, you can expect the company to see new revenue milestones for this segment of its business. Microsoft Corporation is a public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through … read more »

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