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    Microsoft Making 7-Inch Tablets

    The new Microsoft Surface tablet  on display following  a press conference at Pier 57 to officially launch Windows 8  and the tablet in New York on October 25, 2012.  Microsoft took a big step into mobile Thursday, unveiling a revamped version of its flagship Windows system and a offering a closer look at Surface, its entry into the hot tablet market. The new Windows 8 operating system and tablet to go on sale Friday mark a new offensive for the US tech giant seeking to keep pace with Apple and Google amid a dramatic shift away from PCs to mobile devices. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Microsoft Surface tablet. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty),TIMOTHY A. CLARY

    Will this mean more Surface commercials? Microsoft is planning on shrinking some tablets down to seven inches, according to a report in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal. The smaller tablet will go into production later this year. At least one person told the Journal that the plans for a smaller tablet weren’t in the works as recently as last year, but the company has recognized the need to enter the tablet market after strong sales by Google and Apple in their tablets smaller than eight inches. Windows 8’s disappointing entry into the market hasn’t helped matters for Microsoft—in fact, some say the operating software has only accelerated the company’s decline, since it hasn’t caused any increase in tablet sales.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal