Windows 8 is designed at least as much for tablets as it is for desktop and laptop computers, and Microsoft has been playing up the touch-friendly features of the operating system. But so far you haven’t been able to get a Windows 8 or Windows RT touchscreen device with a display smaller than 10 inches.
Microsoft expects that to change in the next few months.
The company recently made a change to its logo requirements, allowing device makers to slap the Windows logo on devices with lower resolution 1024 x 768 pixel screens. That paves the way for tablets or notebooks with screens closer in size to the 7.9 inch iPad mini than the 10.4 inch Microsoft Surface RT or Surface Pro.
Speaking in today’s quarterly earnings call, Microsoft’s CFO Peter Klein acknowledged that the company is working with manufacturers to make Windows play well with smaller screens.
Microsoft hasn’t said if that means we’ll see an official Microsoft Surface tablet with a 7 or 8 inch display or if Microsoft is simply making it easier for hardware companies to build Windows devices of that size on their own if that’s the direction they want to go in.
Meanwhile, as Windows tablets are getting smaller, there’s a rumor that Windows Phone handsets may be getting larger — which could make it harder than ever for Microsoft to explain why it has three different Windows operating systems, in Windows Phone, Windows RT, and Windows 8.