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Microsoft working on 'small touch devices' with Windows, due in 'coming months'

Microsoft working on 'small touch devices' with Windows, due in 'coming months' | fun tech | Scoop.it

Microsoft has long been rumored to be preparing 7- and 8-inch Windows devices, and the company has all but confirmed its plans today. Speaking on an investor call, Microsoft CFO Peter Klein revealed Microsoft is working closely with OEMs to produce "a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows." Klein says the devices will have "competitive price points," thanks in part to Microsoft's latest OEM offerings designed for the smaller devices. Microsoft says the devices "will be available in the coming months."

Microsoft recently revised its Windows 8 tablets specifications to allow OEMs to create Windows 8 tablets with a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768. The software maker is expected to deliver a Windows 8.1 upgrade later this year to improve support for this resolution and Windows 8-style applications. While Microsoft says smaller Windows-powered devices are due in the coming months, it's possible that OEMs are planning to release these devise with Windows 8 installed ahead of the Windows 8.1 release.

A 7-inch Surface is reportedly planned for release as part of a new lineup of Microsoft tablets, suggesting that Microsoft isn't just working with its OEMs on smaller devices. The company is also said to be testing prototypes of a smartwatch with a screen size of just 1.5-inches. We've reached out to Microsoft to clarify what type of "small touch devices" will be made available and we'll update you accordingly.

Update: A Microsoft spokesperson says the company has "nothing more to share at this time" on its small device plans.


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Torment Kickstarter closes at over $4.1 million, most-funded game in Kickstarter history

Torment Kickstarter closes at over $4.1 million, most-funded game in Kickstarter history | fun tech | Scoop.it

The Kickstarter fundraising campaign for Torment: Tides of Numenera has come to a close, raising $4,188,927 over the course of its 30 days on the crowdfunding site, more than 465% of its original $900,000 goal. This makes Torment the most-funded gaming software ever on Kickstarter, as well as the second-most funded gaming project in general, bested only by the $8.59 million raised to get Ouya off the ground....


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XYEYE's curator insight, April 22, 2013 5:28 PM
INSANE, video gaming growing even more rapidly even in this market!