Don't Bank on Microsoft Launching a 7-inch Surface RT Model This Spring

Paul Lilly

Surface RT's future is anything but clear.

Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet debuted to heavy criticism in the media, primarily over poor battery life and the high cost of ownership. Another factor that could ultimately affect sales is consumer confusion over what type of device the Surface Pro is, and that's something we suspect Microsoft will work on in the coming months. One thing Microsoft won't be pursuing, however, is another iteration of Surface RT , not in the short term, anyway.

Tami Reller, chief financial officer for Microsoft's Windows unit, told Bloomberg that no new devices running on ARM hardware will be released this spring. That means no upgraded Surface RT models, nor will you see a 7-inch version to compete with the likes of Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire.

Microsoft is focused on getting its current lineup into stores in large quantities, Reller said, but beyond that, Microsoft is making a hard push with Surface Pro.

"We will scale over time, but right now we’re focused on making sure the designs that have been built do have commercial availability and commercial success, and we’ll stay focused on that for the short-term," Reller told Bloomberg .

The Redmond outfit is also working with hardware partners to launch Surface-like devices of their own, along with more and better hybrid notebooks.

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