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From new Surface tablets and interesting experiments, to new Office, the end of the Icon and some 'inarticulate' comments, we take a look back at highlights from this week's top tech news on Neowin.
Fresh claims have emerged that Microsoft plans to launch its new Surface 3 tablet ahead of the holiday season - but the same sources also claim that the Surface mini will be launched this year too.
The story of the Surface mini is a tale of last minute cancellation and turmoil - and with the kill order coming from the top, there is a good chance the device may be done for good.
The Surface mini failed to appear at Microsoft's keynote in the spring, having been pulled at the last minute, but thousands of the devices were made - and we got to spend some time with one.
Earlier this year, Microsoft canned the Surface Mini right before it was launched but knowing that the design work is all done, do you think they company will ever release the product to the public?
The story of the Surface mini has taken another turn as Microsoft has, indirectly, referenced the canceled device as it impacted the financial operations of the entity during Q4 2014
Earlier today, rumors began circulating from a respectable source that the Surface mini would re-enter production for a launch this summer, but it may be a bit premature to start celebrating.
Following the last-minute decision to suspend the launch of the Surface mini in May, Microsoft has reportedly resumed production of its 8-inch tablet, with plans to release the device this summer.
Microsoft accidentally confirmed the existence of the Surface Mini earlier today and in the same documentation, it also says that the Mini will support pen input, just like the Pro 3.
Microsoft has accidentally confirmed the Surface Mini by including several references to the device in its user guide for the Surface Pro 3, confirming our prior leaks about the small tablet.
Research firm IHS claims that activity at display suppliers in Asia indicates Microsoft might still be working on a Surface Mini tablet for a launch later this year.
The plot thickens in the tale of the Surface mini, as it has emerged that Microsoft tossed a wrench into its keynote plans at the eleventh hour and is now sitting on 20,000 small tablets.
According to Bloomberg the Surface Mini did exist but was scrapped due to the lack of differentiation between it and other small tablets. A source claimed it "wasn't different enough" to be a success.
Watch Microsoft's Surface event live right here after the jump. The event is expected to unveil the company's smaller Surface tablet and possibly a new, larger Surface Pro tablet.
A new report, citing a number of unnamed sources, claims Microsoft won't be revealing a smaller Surface mini tablet on Tuesday after all, but it could be a smokescreen designed to find internal leaks.
Ahead of tomorrow's Surface event, we take a look at what the current Windows 8 tablet market looks like. There's no doubt that Microsoft hopes this picture will change in the very near future.
A new rumor from a reliable source is saying that Microsoft will announce a larger Surface at Tuesday's event alongside the Surface Mini, which means the entire brand could be overhauled.
Details emerge of a 'One Microsoft Ink' strategy to improve support for digital ink and pen input across Microsoft products, including Windows, Office, Surface and Perceptive Pixel touchscreens.
Microsoft will set up a live stream for people around the world to watch its upcoming Surface related press conference, to be held in New York City on Tuesday, May 20th
A page on Microsoft Support has apprenelty confirmed that a Surface Pro 3 is coming, possibly alongside a Surface Mini. The Pro 3 would include Intel's latest Haswell processors amongst other updates.
Microsoft will hold its Surface mini keynote next week in New York but the picture has become quite clear about what the device will feature but there could be a lot more than the mini at the event.
With the Surface Mini all but confirmed for Microsoft's upcoming event, attention has now shifted to some other things Microsoft will announce alongside a smaller Surface: possibly, a new Surface Pro.
We know that the Surface mini will be launching soon but we have not seen any leaked images of the device, yet, but a new mockup turns these rumors into visual goodness.
At Microsoft's upcoming Surface event, they will announce a Surface mini but will also be using new Intel chips to update existing devices. Or they could have something unknown as details are slim.
Microsoft is gearing up for the Surface Mini launch and we have a few more details about the device that will use a Qualcomm procesor, a first for a Surface tablet and an end to the Nvidia exclusivity
Microsoft recently announced that they will be holding a Surface mini press event and we have a few more details to add about what to expect when the device will be announced later this month.
Microsoft has sent out Surface mini press invitations and May 20th is the date where Microsoft will be announcing the highly anticipated smaller version of the Surface in New York.
A new listing for an accessory indicates the Surface Mini could be released next month. The listing follows Neowin's coverage of the Surface Mini being a note-taking tablet.
Microsoft's Surface mini is still on the agenda and we have a few more details to about the device that will help to complete the company's tablet portfolio with a new size of device.
A new rumor claims that Microsoft's unannounced 8-inch Surface Mini tablet could contain a number of Kinect-like features such as facial recognition and touchless controls.
Neowin wants to hear what its readers want in the display for a smaller Surface tablet, which will allegedly be released either this holiday season or early next year.
Microsoft's upcoming Surface Mini is rumored to launch in early 2014 and Microsoft may be moving Windows RT development to a GDR cycle like Windows Phone too.
A new report claims the long-rumored smaller Surface will have a 7.5-inch screen boasting a 1,400x1,050 resolution, giving it a 4:3 aspect ratio. Previous rumors indicated an 8-inch screen.
A new report claims Microsoft will release a smaller version of its ARM-based Surface tablet this year, though it will come after the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are released.
The rumors are running rampant about a small Surface that will be hitting the shelves later this year and it could be an 8-inch device, not the 7-inch device that was rumored in the last 24 hours.