Microsoft Hints at Updated Surface Tablets Within Next Year


Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner has shared some revealing information about the Redmond-based company’s plans for the next fiscal year, which runs July 1st, 2013 to June 30th, 2014, at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference.

Turner showed the following slide to conclude his presentation at day three of the conference, as reported by Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet. Notably, it shows that updates are planned for both the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, accompanied by new accessories and new accessory colors. 

Surface Updates

Microsoft did not elaborate on what it means by the promise of an “update,” sparking speculation ranging from the release of next-generation Surface tablets to merely regularly scheduled software updates.

Considering that sales of Surface tablets have been abysmal compared to the market-leading iPad, it wouldn’t be surprising if Microsoft is quick to usher new models onto the market. With shipments of just 900,000 Surface tablets in each of the past two quarters, Microsoft has a lot of catching up to do.


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