Microsoft Prepping iPad Mini Killer?

On Thursday during the company’s latest earnings call, Microsoft dropped a few clear hints as to the next product category the software giant will enter.

According to revelations from a top Microsoft executive, the company is preparing to challenge Apple’s iPad mini with a compact tablet of its own.

Windows chief financial officer Peter Klein says Microsoft is now “working closely with OEMs on a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows.”

Klein reveals that these devices “will have competitive price points, partly enabled by our latest OEM offerings designed specifically for these smaller devices, and will be available in the coming months.”

Although it’s not yet clear when this anticipated Windows-powered pint-sized tablet will reach consumers, Microsoft is probably moving with haste to get the product ready, especially since the company’s recently unveiled line of Surface tablets has largely failed to eat away at iOS and Android dominance in the tablet market.