Microsoft Is Working On Its Own Smaller Tablet — A 7-Inch Xbox Surface

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Microsoft is working on its own smaller tablet, Tom Warren at The Verge reports.

The Xbox Surface, as Warren calls it, will be a seven-inch gaming focused tablet.

Surprisingly, though, it won't be a Surface Mini. It will run on a version of Windows, but not the full-on Windows operating system.

We're a little surprised that Microsoft is going to go this direction. Apple has gotten plenty of games for the iPhone and iPad without trying to brand it as a gaming device.

It seems like it would make sense to just put out a Surface Mini that runs Windows 8 and then push developers to make lots of games for it.

Either way, it makes sense for Microsoft to release a smaller tablet. Early reviews of the iPad Mini suggest it's going to be a monster hit. If Microsoft wants to play in this market it's going to need something to compete with the Mini, as well as the regular iPad.

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