The Little Surface That Didn’t

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Earlier today when Microsoft’s Surface event was wrapping, and Greg Chiemingo took to the stage to head off a stampede of writers trying to get their hands on the latest device, tweets were still kicking around wondering what had happened: Where the heck was the much-rumored smaller Surface?

Bloomberg published a piece later in the day indicating that Microsoft had worked on the small device, but had reversed on showing it off. Here’s the key paragraph:

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President Stephen Elop decided that the product in development wasn’t different enough from rivals and probably wouldn’t be a hit, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans weren’t public. Engineers had been working on the device and had planned to unveil it as early as today at an event in New York, two of the people said.

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