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Microsoft says cheaper Windows 8 tablets are coming

Microsoft's Peter Klein says cheaper Windows 8, RT tablets coming to market

By Trace Hagan | Jan 25, 2013 02:32 pm CST

During Microsoft's earnings call, Peter Klein, CFO for Microsoft, expressed that cheaper Windows 8 and Windows RT devices are on the way. Currently, Microsoft has two Surface tablets, Surface RT and Surface Pro, which both cost an exorbitant amount of money.


"We're working closely with chip partners and OEMs to bring the right mix of devices," Microsoft's chief financial officer Peter Klein said. "We think of Surface as one part of the overall Windows 8 story. It highlights interesting innovation, and demonstrates tightly integrated software and hardware."

Specifics were not given regarding Surface sales, though Klein did say it had seen "limited distribution this quarter." Klein's comments have left an ambiguity about whether or not there could be more Surface tablets coming directly from Microsoft. While it sounds like they are mainly trying to get OEMs to release new models, the door was not shut on Microsoft bringing more budget-friendly Surface tablets to market.

Trace Hagan


Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.


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