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Microsoft Holding “Small” Surface Gathering on May 20

by Brandon Russell | May 5, 2014May 5, 2014 4:47 pm PST

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Microsoft will hold a Surface-focused event on May 20 in New York City. Via Bloomberg reporter Dina Bass, the Redmond-based company is ready to pull back the curtain on its next-generation tablet; it’s unclear, however, if we’ll see a successor to the Surface 2/Surface Pro 2 combo, or simply a smaller device, which has been rumored for longer than the Earth is old.

The small tablet market has slowly become the preferred form factor among consumers over the past several months, so it would make sense for Microsoft to throw its hat into a ring that’s currently occupied with devices from Apple, Samsung and Google.

The invite says the event is for a “small” gathering. That’s a pretty heavy hint, Microsoft. Given that the event is being held in just a few weeks, we’re actually impressed nothing of significance has leaked out before these official invites started circulating. Maybe some announcements can be a surprise in the Internet-age.

Microsoft’s Surface has had mediocre success at best, so the company’s smaller device will certainly be under the microscope when it’s announced. Not to mention this will be the first major project launch—Office for iPad notwithstanding—under new Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella.

Anything you’re hoping to see out of the event? If there’s one thing we can say for Microsoft’s tablets, is that the hardware is among the best on the market. We’ll be eager to see how that translates over to a smaller form factor.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.