surfaceMicrosoft may be refreshing it Surface Pro tablet line next week.

Twitter user NotCassim spotted a now-removed Microsoft support page which references a Windows 8.1 update for the Surface Pro 3.

number of reports in recent weeks have suggested that Microsoft will be unveiling an Intel-based Surface. The Surface Pro line is designed to offer the power of a laptop in a tablet form factor.

Those reports line up with Microsoft’s announcement earlier this month that it plans to hold a “small gathering” in New York for members of the press. There have been some signs that point to the company unveiling a smaller version of its Surface tablet at this event, as well.

Interestingly, it doesn’t look like Microsoft has plans to refresh the Surface 2 alongside other tablet announcements. Still, next week’s announcements could be key for setting up Microsoft’s tablet lineup ahead of the back-to-school shopping season. New Surface models would be one way to try and lure budget- and form factor-conscious students to Windows, rather than letting them fall into Apple’s grasp.

A Microsoft spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this report.

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  • Salty_Swede

    Hoping for a mini-pro version. Let’s get small!

  • Bill

    Still don’t really understand the point of the mini-Surface. It is basically marketed as a laptop replacement with some tablet functionality particularly focused on the ability to create content–unlike an iPad for the most part. The people I know who really like it–meaning I probably know 5 of the 20 total non-Microsoft employee users–like it for that use case as well. It isn’t as great as a pure table but seems to crush most of the Windows hybrids. A mini-surface seems to really undercut that laptop replacement use case. Small screen is difficult enough on an iPad mini where you mostly consume content. In a Surface where you are supposed to create content as a key differentiator, seems very difficult.

    • TX_PNW

      same thoughts. MS is just going to eff this one up as well … as they did with the initial Surface One launch (priced at iPad level and initially only sold in MS stores and online…)

  • Andrew

    please let it be a 13″ pro version!!!!

  • TX_PNW

    Surface Pro 3 and Surface Mini …. meanwhile they are still trying to clean the warehouses of Surface 1 and Surface 2 doesn’t seem to be a great seller either.

    Surface Mini is going to be *interesting* … much smaller screen and Windows RT – so not ideal for productivity. Yet – when it comes to actual apps the Windows Store is horrible. Sorry – my prediction is that the iPad Mini will continue to be the gold-standard here along with the new Kindle Fire

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