No 'Surface Mini' is great news for Windows users

Microsoft's failure to release a new Surface Mini today may -- with any luck -- signal the final nail in Windows RT coffin

Computerworld's Gregg Keizer called it. For weeks we've been treated to rumors that Microsoft would announce a new 7- or 8-inch "Surface Mini" at today's press conference in New York. Microsoft observers took it as a foregone conclusion that Microsoft's invitation to a "small gathering" in New York meant a Surface Mini was in the offing. Except Keizer, who declared yesterday that there would be "No Surface Mini from Microsoft on Tuesday."

That's exactly what happened. Live from New York this morning we saw lots of demos for the sleek, new, big and light Surface Pro 3. And there was no mention of an ARM-stunted Surface -- Mini or otherwise.

Any way you slice it, that's great news for old-fashioned keyboard-and-mouse Windows customers who are looking forward to the "Old Fogies Edition" of Windows 9. Why? It means that somehow, somebody inside Microsoft -- most likely Windows boss Terry Myerson -- decided now's not the time to release yet another Windows RT abomination on the world. By "abomination" I mean, a version of Windows that runs on ARM-based tablets but doesn't run on phones. I harbor no mercy. Windows RT -- Steve Sinofsky's attempt to turn a refrigerator into a toaster -- deserves to die.

With any luck, the next time we see a version of Windows with diminished capacity (I still hate the name Windows RT), it will power both phones and tablets. Which means, by my logic (although probably not Myerson's), that the next real version of Windows will be free to work on desktops and laptops and convertibles and sufficiently endowed tablets. Imagine: A real version of Windows that uses Metro as a carrot, not a stick.

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley figures Microsoft "delayed" the Surface Mini. I'm more inclined to think we just saw the final nail in RT's coffin.

One can always hope.

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