Just yesterday, we thought that the Microsoft Surface Mini was dead and the company wasn’t going to pursue the smaller tablet form factor until it had something to make it special. As it turns out, this didn’t mean that the Surface Mini was dead; it simply meant that Microsoft is still working on that “something special” and it just so happens to be the touch-centered Office Gemini.

What is that, you ask? Whereas we already have a very touch-focused operating system in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, that isn’t entirely the case with Microsoft’s iconic Office suite. Yes, there is touch support, but what is different about the upcoming Office Gemini is that this is a touch-first Office suite that is geared heavily toward the mobile user. It’ll boast a more minimalist design that is better suited to touch gestures than previous iterations of Office. When Office Gemini is ready to rock and roll, so will the Surface Mini.

In fact, Neowin is reporting that Microsoft not only believes in the Surface Mini, but it has already produced between 15,000 and 20,000 units of the little bugger and they’re just being stashed away in some secret warehouse until Office Gemini is revealed. That will be the X-factor that the Surface Mini needs to be special, since the smaller display will benefit so greatly from a very touch-oriented UI.


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