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Nvidia CEO confirms company is working on Microsoft Surface 2

by Mark Tyson on 9 August 2013, 11:15

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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.

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hole, digging.
Have to agree - this is going to be a mighty expensive failure!
Although, if they do it right and make it cheap enough, it could be the mass-appeal device they should have released in place of the RT the first time.
In fairness my company is looking at the 2nd generation as an alternative to Apple and Android tablets because of presumably better integration with Office etc.
Tegra failed to get on many flagship Android devices this time around, so they have to dump their chips elsewhere.

@Tpyo, while price may have been the problem with Surface RT, I think the bigger problem was Windows RT. More people want full fat Windows 8 or one of the more mature offerings in the form if iOS or Android.