Microsoft: No current plans for 7-inch Windows 8 tablets [Update]

A Microsoft representative has confirmed in a recent interview that the company has no current plans for a 7-inch Windows 8 tablet released by either itself or its partners.

Speaking to Nate Lanxon of Wired UK, Tami Reller, corporate vice president and CFO of Microsoft's Windows Group, said the company is focusing on 10.1-inch and larger tablets during the current launch time frame. When asked by Lanxon if that meant the company had no plans of entering the 7-inch tablet market for the launch time frame, Reller simply replied "correct."

While Lanxon's question didn't specifically address Windows RT, it's likely that is also included in Reller's response as RT is merely a version of Windows 8 designed to run on ARM-powered devices. Neowin has contacted Microsoft asking if the company will change its position on 7-inch devices after the launch time frame winds down.

Reller's comments come just a week after Microsoft's primary competitor, Apple, announced it was getting into the 7-inch tablet space with its iPad Mini (which is technically 7.9 inches). The iPad Mini, which was announced at a press event last Tuesday, comes after Apple famously refused to enter the 7-inch tablet market for years. 

Many Android tablets use the increasingly popular 7-inch screen size, including Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, which was announced last month, and Google's Nexus 7, which was announced in June.

Update: A Microsoft representative said the company has nothing to announce regarding 7-inch tablets running Windows 8.

Source: Wired UK | Image via Microsoft

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And can there actually be a 7" tablet with that minimum resolution that WinRT/ModernUI apps require? (The minimum resolution requirement seems to be the deal-breaker there.)

PGHammer said,
And can there actually be a 7" tablet with that minimum resolution that WinRT/ModernUI apps require? (The minimum resolution requirement seems to be the deal-breaker there.)

There's no reason they couldn't make a 7" tablet with a 1366x768 display, except that the desktop, and by extention Office, would be completely unuseable, and scaling the UI would leave no room to do anything. The Modern UI should be fine though.

1) off course they are going to say that. just like they said they would never make a table of their own.

2) they will make one

3) if they don't, some other OEM will and just slap win 8 on it.

I heard Barnes and nobles will make one which I am sure it's 7". As far as window 8 on 7", it will be weird with all the desktop, control panel, my computer on a tiny screen.

MS also has no plans for a 6" tablet, a 8" tablet a 9" tablet... and a 5" tablet..... also confirmed there is no plans for the 24" tablet or the 32" tablet

neufuse said,
MS also has no plans for a 6" tablet, a 8" tablet a 9" tablet... and a 5" tablet..... also confirmed there is no plans for the 24" tablet or the 32" tablet

Well MS might not have plans for a 24" tablet, but their partner has already created a 20" tablet! Sony Tap 20 - it even comes with a battery built-in!

If they released a 7" version you'd have all these clowns on crying about how there is no touch/type keyboard covers for it.

Then someone would make one and the clowns would be back on complaining that it's too small to use comfortably.

I'm sure someone on the design team could figure out a way to have a touch-cover than folds in half when it's closed, then is full-size when in use.

Can't they make a 7" tablet (so that it is extremely portable and good for casual reading and movie), while having a HD video output with high resolution (so that I can plug in a big monitor and really start working with VS, Illustrator, etc.)?

That would be a marketing nightmare if they went with a 7" tablet with Windows Phone "8" and Windows "8" being sold to the consumers. So their statement is correct, they will not be making 7" tablets but you know they are going to introduce Microsoft Surface 8 Mini. It will be inline with all the "8" campaign and sting their tongue out to Apple because they will be 1/10" bigger.

And again Microsoft will miss out in competing in a growing market then years later will be scrambling to catch up. Great move, MS. /s

Well, while I'm disappointed about this, thank you MS for at least confirming it. Now I feel mighty great about getting a 16gb Nexus 7 for a miserly $200 next week.

Me too though I'm waiting for the 32gb model to be released. The 7" is perfect for use as a photo album, music player and web browsing. It'll tide me over until RT2 or the prices get sensible for 8 pro.

I'm sure one of their partners is eying that that market. I think having a real portable PC at that size with a comparable price to the competition of $250-350 for a 32GB Windows RT device, would be an enticing market. It could be a compelling device since its a PC Lite. Eventually all of the Apps will be in the Store and can be run on any Windows Device. Its Too big of a market. To put it in perspective, even if you added up all of the Apple Macs, Mac books, iPads and iPhones since 2007, that number would still be just over half the number of Windows 7 PCs out there. I think a lot of people will upgrade to Windows 8 (at lest 200 million in the first year). Its just a matter of time, but that large of a market is too big to ignore for developers.

There is definitely room for a 7" tablet. For some scenarios 7" is ideal format. I wouldn't recommend using Windows 8 on this size tablets. Phone 8 OS would be ideal for this hardware.
I actually like the iPad Mini screen size of 7.9inch. This doesn't mean I love apple

torrentthief said,
they don't say there won't be 7.9" or 8" tablets though

They also said this only applies for the "launch time frame".

Calum said,
In other words:

"Microsoft: We're going to allow ourselves to get behind yet again."

Nah, they're just going to make 7 inch phones.

Enron said,

Nah, they're just going to make 7 inch phones.


It would be great if they did, but they don't appear to be on the horizon (maybe they'll announce something at the Windows Phone event today, but that's unlikely, as many Windows Phone 8 devices have already been revealed). In the meantime, the iPad Mini and multiple 7-inch Android tablets are already here.

Microsoft, lately, seems to be subscribing to the "go big or go home" school of thought.
7 inch seems too small for a tablet anyway, but then the 10.1 seems too big. (I have an 8.9", which IMHO hits the sweet spot for tablet size.)

Charisma said,
7 inch seems too small for a tablet anyway, but then the 10.1 seems too big. (I have an 8.9", which IMHO hits the sweet spot for tablet size.)

I would say 10" should be the minimum but it all comes down to consumer choice, which is why Microsoft should provide various models - including a 7".

The problem is that Windows 8 isn't designed for really small devices and there is no natural transition between Windows Phone and Windows RT/8.