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10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets

Microsoft's Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets, despite their merits, aren't exactly selling like hotcakes. Here's what Microsoft might do to change that.
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A funny thing happened right around the time Microsoft launched its 10-inch Surface slates. Consumers decided they really, really like smaller slates, which cost less, are easier to carry and hold, and do pretty much their same thing as their larger sibs. Apple's 7.9-inch iPad mini is a bona fide hit, and the 7-inch Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire have found receptive audiences too. For Microsoft's mobile strategy to work, it badly needs a 7- or 8-inch Surface in the game. Not surprisingly, Redmond is planning to launch a smaller slate later this year, The Wall Street Journal reports. If true, would Surface's optional Type Cover and Touch Cover keyboards shrink as well?

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5/2/2013 | 9:26:18 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
Drop the price $200 on the RT and $300 on the Pro and I'll buy one of each. I love the Windows 8 phone, and I've had Apple and Android. Apps are getting better daily.
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5/2/2013 | 6:00:25 PM
re: 10 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Surface Tablets
My first reaction to RT and the Surface was: Where is the killer app? I believe it could (still be) be OneNote WITH the "synchronized" audio recording feature available in the full desktop version of OneNote. This poorly advertized feature is amazing and would be incredible for business meetings and students. I felt so strongly about this, I emailed Balmer who passed it on to Kurt DelBene, head of the Office Product group. He replied and explained there wasn't enough time to rewrite the feature for the first release on Windows RT. I hope we really do see this feature soon and believe it could be the basis for a far better advertising campaign than table top break dancers!
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