In a short interview on Thursday, Nvidia CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, told CNet that his company is "working really hard" on the second generation Microsoft Surface tablet. As it's Nvidia this must mean the Surface RT 2. Microsoft's large loss due to the combined lack of success and major overproduction of the first generation of Surface RT tablets seems not to have reduced its appetite for v2.
At the time of the revelation of just how poorly the original Surface RT had done, General Manager of Surface Marketing, Brian Hall, asserted; "Microsoft is 100 percent committed to Surface RT and Windows RT going forward and has no plans to drop work on either product". True to that statement, here we are now, less than a month later with confirmation of a new Nvidia powered Surface RT in the making.
Outlook is the key
Huang told CNet that a big problem for the first generation of Windows RT devices, such as the Surface RT, was the lack of Outlook at launch. "It is the killer app for Windows," said Huang . "Now we're going to bring it with the second-generation Surface. We're working really hard on it, and we hope that it's going to be a big success."
More than one new Surface RT version?
Considering this new interview the Nvidia CEO and prior leaks and reports The Verge thinks that there will be multiple versions of a new Surface RT on offer. Reports of tests using Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and small 7 or 8-inch versions of the tablet have been seen here and there. Incidentally, in July, a slide showed that updates were planned for the Surface Pro following the Windows 8.1 launch. So far Microsoft hasn't responded to the Nvidia CEO's statement.