There Was No Surface Mini Because Microsoft Already Lost on Tablets

By Christina Warren

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The biggest surprise from Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 launch on Tuesday wasn’t what the company did announce, but what it didn’t.

Going into the event, the expectation was that Microsoft would showcase a new, smaller version of the Surface — something that could compete against the iPad mini, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX.

Those expectations weren’t completely baseless; for months we’ve heard rumblings of a small form-factor Surface. Plus, it’s hard to deny that the trend for consumer …read more

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