Apple wasn't the only speaking at Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, and Microsoft's CFO Peter Klein tried to garner some attention by saying that Microsoft is ready, willing and able to launch a device similar to Apple's iPad mini. But the talk ended there and melted into a fog of when they'd actually launch it. Is Microsoft back to their vaporware days or will they deliver such a beast this year?
At the moment Microsoft's re-entry into the tablet market has been a little behind the curve to say the least. But this is a marathon and not a sprint. Yes, we're likely to see a Surface Mini later this year.
If not, Ballmer will have some explaining to do. Back in 2012, CRN had Ballmer on record as saying that they're "not going to let any piece of this go uncontested to Apple," shouted Ballmer. "Not the consumer cloud. Not hardware software innovation. We are not leaving any of that to Apple by itself. Not going to happen. Not on our watch."
Well, Mr. Ballmer, we're waiting and fully understand that copycats need to take their time to think things through.