Microsoft could be set to launch a smaller version of its Windows Surface tablet, having invited the technology press to an event in New York with the request to 'join us for a small gathering.'
The company has long been rumoured to be working on a smaller Surface to rival the iPad mini – and Microsoft itself has admitted it is working on Surfaces of various screen sizes and aspect ratios.
The most recent rumours claim the Surface mini will have a 7.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 1080, very similar to the 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina Display. It is claimed the smaller Surface will be powered by a Qualcomm processor and run the Windows RT operating system, a slimmed down version of Windows 8.
Although Windows RT looks and performs similarly to the tiled interface of Windows 8, it’s classic desktop environment can only be used with a small number of pre-installed applications, such as Office and Notepad. If it runs Windows RT, the Surface mini will not be able to run legacy apps – that is, apps created for any Windows operating system before 8.