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Microsoft confirms smaller Windows 8 touch devices are on the way

Confirming earlier rumors, departing Microsoft CFO Peter Klein said Thursday on an earnings call that Microsoft is working with manufacturing partners on smaller versions of Windows 8 devices, which likely means 7- or 8-inch Windows 8 tablets.

Klein said that “a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows” would be made by OEMs and be available “in the coming months.” He did not say Microsoft would be making its own smaller Windows 8 devices, but that’s certainly not out of the question considering the release of the 10-inch Surface and Surface Pro tablets.

Microsoft recently lowered the minimum resolution requirements for Windows 8 devices, which opened the door for less expensive 7-inch or 8-inch tablets powered by Windows 8.

A recent Wall Street Journal report also said a 7-inch Microsoft Surface tablet was in the works.

On top of hosting Thursday’s call, Klein announced that he would be leaving the company at the end of its current fiscal year. Klein has worked for Microsoft 11 years and served as CFO for about four years.

Copyright 2013, VentureBeat

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