Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT ) Readies to Build Next-gen Surface Tablets

When Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) decides to get into a particular product line, it makes sure that it has sequels – with the exception possibly of Zune. So with its debut tablet, Surface, yet to make on entry on retailers' shelves the company is already planning the next version.

Peter Pachal, writing on Mashable.com said that a series of job ads on the Microsoft career site showed that the company was expanding the line.

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"When Microsoft unveiled Surface, some observers thought Microsoft’s foray into building its own hardware would be a one-time thing. Once Surface completed its ostensible job of jump-starting the market for Windows 8 tablets, Microsoft would probably back off and let its hardware partners take the reins, and the Surface would slowly fade into the background, or perhaps be discontinued outright," said Pachal.

Obviously that’s not happening as the world's largest software maker must have sensed that tablets are where he action is after desktops, laptops, notebooks, netbooks and ultra-books.

As tablets get more powerful, with higher processor speeds and more storage space running on 3G networks, consumers are gravitating towards the portable tablets rather than lugging around bulky laptops that still occupy a lot of space and have to be booted up at every start.

"From the job ads, it appears Microsoft is seriously committed to enhancing and expanding the Surface line. The company has posted total of 13 positions directly related to the “Surface team” since June 18 (the day the tablet was unveiled)," Pachal commented.

The ads for the jobs clearly state that Microsoft is building the next generation of Surface tablets.

However Microsoft reps refused to make any comment on the job postings to Mashable.

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