Yesterday, a rumor hinted that Sufrace Mini is back in production, and should release this summer. The news came from none other than the well-connected @evleaks, who has a very decent track record when it comes to rumors.
Well, it seems there’s someone who may not agree with him. Recently, Mary Jo Foley, who has some good sources as well, mentioned that Surface Mini may not become a reality this summer, and should launch as early as Spring 2015.
We’ve heard about the purported Surface Mini quite a lot of times in the past few months. The miniature tablet was rumored to make an appearance at the Surface event in May, but instead, Microsoft introduced a bigger and better version of the Surface Pro 2.
Foley says that touch-first versions of the Microsoft Office (also known as Gemini) is still in development, and may not come out before spring 2015. The tablet market is getting saturated, and it doesn’t make sense for the Redmond giant to release yet another Windows tablet with seven to eight inch display since there are so many of them out there. Touch-first Office for Windows is said to be a differentiating factor.
Microsoft’s Office team is still working on the touch-first version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint (and possibly Outlook) for Windows 8.x. But that suite is not yet available, not even as a public beta.
The Office team is believed, at least by my sources, to be further along in the development of touch-first Office for Android tablets. The rumored release date for the Office on Android suite of apps is before the end of 2014.
The rumored release date for touch-first Office for Windows is supposedly now some time around spring 2015.
Now, this is a question about who is correct here? But for now, let’s just take it with a grain of salt. We’ll update you if we come across any other information.